MANILA, Philippines -- Supporters say Davao City Rep. Prospero Nograles is a viable alternative to Speaker Jose de Venecia.
?He has been a congressman for five terms,? said Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez.
?He (Nograles) has been committee chair, majority leader and head of the House contingent to the Commission on Appointments. He knows the peculiarities of the House of Representatives,? Rodriguez said.
The Cagayan de Oro City lawmaker said he continued to support De Venecia for what he said was the good performance of the 14th Congress based on bills passed and attendance, and the moratorium on Charter change.
?But if there are enough numbers to change the Speaker, then I will vote for Nograles,? he said.
A graduate of Ateneo de Manila University?s School of Law, Nograles placed second in the 1971 bar examinations with a grade of 90.95 percent.
After four years of practice and involvement in human rights cases under the Marcos regime, Nograles was named by the Philippine Jaycees one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men in 1975.
Nograles joined the Justice for Aquino, Justice for All Movement in 1983 shortly after the assassination of former Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. In 1985, he joined the Cory Aquino for President Movement and actively campaigned for her in Mindanao.
He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1989 and then again in 1995. His congressional stint was interrupted by unsuccessful bids for mayor of Davao City.
Nograles in 2001 was again elected congressman of his city?s first district and has since gone on to serve three consecutive terms.
He became chair of the House committee on housing and urban development in the 12th Congress after his 2001 election.
In the 13th Congress, Nograles was elected House majority leader and, together with De Venecia, played a major role in killing two consecutive impeachment complaints against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2005 and 2006.
In the 14th Congress, Nograles lost the majority leadership to Iloilo Rep. Arthur Defensor. Saying he was ?a team player,? Nograles was elected head of the House contingent to the CA.
Nograles was a member of the Davao City Legal Aid from 1972 to 1973, a delegate to the World Law Conference in Manila in 1971, and a law professor at the University of Mindanao and Ateneo de Davao University.
His professional activities included being executive assistant to the president of the University of the Philippines (1981-82), UP deputy general counsel (1981), and chief legal counsel of the Development Bank of Philippines (1986-87).