Richard Gomez seeks Congressional post in 2022 polls

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Tacloban City (CNN Philippines, October 6) — Ormoc City, Leyte Mayor Richard Gomez on Wednesday filed his certificate of candidacy to run for Leyte 4th District Representative, the current post of his wife Lucy Torres-Gomez.

Gomez, who is on his second term as mayor, will seek to swap positions with his wife, who is now on her third term as congresswoman.

He filed his COC past 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon at the Leyte Provincial Commission on Election Office.

Gomez will run under the ruling party PDP-Laban.

“I give priority to my advocacy, on sports and anti-drugs. It is also important na makahimu tag balaud sa anti-fake news na maprotektahan ang publiko, na maprotektahan ang mga reporters, ang mga press people. It’s a law that will protect each and every one of us,” Gomez replied when asked of his priorities when elected as member of the House of Representatives.

[Translation: I give priority to my advocacy on sports and anti-drugs. It is also important to craft a law against fake news, to protect the public, the reporters, and the press people. It’s a law that will protect each and every one of us.]

This is not the first attempt of Gomez to run for a seat in Congress.

In 2001, he was a nominee of Mamamayan Away sa Droga Partylist. Although they won, they were disqualified after they failed to present proof of their sectoral representation.

In 2010, he filed his COC for a congressional position in the fourth district of Leyte, but was again disqualified by the COMELEC for failing to establish his residency.

In 2013, he ran for mayor of Ormoc City but lost to his opponent, Edward Codilla. In 2016 they again faced off and Gomez finally won. He was reelected in 2019.

Gomez will face former COMELEC Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal, who is a relative of his wife Lucy, in the two-way battle for the Congressional seat of the 4th district of the province.