Comelec says Torres-Gomez candidacy stays

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CELEBRITY COUPLE Richard and Lucy Torres Gomez. The Supreme Court decision unseating Lucy in the House of Representatives does not affect her candidacy, according to the Comelec. FILE PHOTO

TACLOBAN CITY—The Supreme Court decision unseating Lucy Torres-Gomez as legislator does not affect her candidacy, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Veronico Petalcorin, Comelec assistant director for Eastern Visayas, said Gomez is qualified to run for the House seat representing Leyte’s fourth district.

Voting 7-4-4, the Supreme Court ousted Gomez as representative of the fourth district of Leyte, saying she was not a valid substitute for her husband, Richard Gomez, who was disqualified from running for congressman for lacking residency.

Petalcorin said the work done by Gomez when she was representing the district is considered valid.

“She is, or she was, a de facto official at that time. She was clothed with legal authority, which means she is entitled to all the salaries, benefits and emoluments,” he said.

Gomez is running in Leyte’s fourth district covering the towns of Albuera, Kananga, Palompon, Isabel, Matag-ob, Merida and the city of Ormoc, which has a voting population of more than 248,000.

Richard, an actor, is running for mayor of Ormoc. Both belong to the ruling Liberal Party.

Gomez, in a press conference in Manila on Tuesday, said she would file a motion for reconsideration on the Supreme Court decision.

But her opponent, outgoing Ormoc Mayor Eric Codilla, said the high court decision was a boost for his candidacy.

“I will not deny that it could be a plus point for me,” said Codilla in a phone interview.

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  • bogli_anakdami

    … huwaaat?… gung gong rich gomez is poging-pogi/tisoy kaya ang mga flip gung gongs eh kandarapa sa pagboto sa kanya…
    … impeach sc… impits…. impits… di ba?… hay naku, flips puro kayo mga tunggaks…
    … yun lang…

    • gudwil2all

      totoo, at karamihan sa mga bumoboto ng mga goodlooking lang
      ay mga badlooking

      • bogli_anakdami

        … with my devastating good looks, i’m qualify to run for office… i’m thinking about it…

  • buttones

    More gormless actors in the system- when will this ever end? Are the people of Leyte really that desperate? That utterly devoid of any sense of reasoning at all they can be swayed by a white girl and some sort of ‘actor’?

    • bogli_anakdami

      … it would never end…
      … flip gung gongs have no mental capacity to think…

  • http://twitter.com/ZALZANZIBAR ALBERTO ZALAZAR

    Yana damo et iyo yawyaw…pero hadto waray man natipa ang pagdalagan ni LUCY para ha 4th. district..?
    Buttones og Bogli,.. kay ano nga yana la kamo sige et aringasa?
    Han kamatuoran, diri gud ini hira mga tuminong-nong nga Letenyo , daw diri man ini hira permi nakada ha Leyte hadto pa?
    Asya ini nga natatabo mahitungod nga bisan hadto nga hi Alberto Veloso pa ang Congressman waray man na tipa og bisan an panahon ni Ted Fallon..kay ha Manila man hira naokoy….
    Kun ano man et natatabo dida…kan kanay man sayop?
    Ada,.. kan “Codilla” ba?…

  • UrHONOR

    TH.

  • judefawley

    putragis to! artista na naman tatakbo. kainis

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