TACLOBAN CITY – Mayor Richard Gomez of Ormoc City on Wednesday formally announced the plan of his wife, Leyte Rep. Lucy Marie Torres-Gomez (4th district), to run as the city’s chief executive next year after serving as a lawmaker for over a decade.
The actor turned mayor said he will attempt to swap post with his wife, now serving her third and last term in the House of Representatives.
He made the announcement during the launch of the Ormoc City Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) vaccination plan and development.
The Torres-Gomez clan and its political allies dominated the Leyte’s 4th District after their bets were victorious in the 2019 midterm polls, ending the decades-long rule of the Codilla family.
After two failed attempts to win an elective post, Richard joined local politics in 2010 when he ran as Leyte 4th district representative. He was disqualified months before the elections, prompting Lucy to replace him.
Lucy was declared winner in 2010 and her substitution was considered by the Commission on Elections as “legal and valid.”
However, less than two months before the 2013 elections, the Supreme Court ordered her to vacate the post due to question on the eligibility of her substitution.
In 2013, Lucy ran in Congress and won while Richard lost his mayoralty bid. Because her previous term was invalidated, Lucy’s win in 2013 was considered her first term.
In the 2016 elections, the couple ran for the same local positions and both won the poll, toppling the Codilla political clan in the northwestern part of Leyte province. (PNA)