Richard Gomez and wife Lucy Torres
MANILA - Actress and television host Lucy Torres-Gomez on Tuesday expressed surprise over the decision of the Supreme Court to unseat her as Leyte representative just barely 2 months before the election.
Torres' lawyer, Alex Avisado, said in a press conference that the issue against Torres was already settled by the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) and the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
They believe the high court's decision "is a temporary setback" and that Torres will continue discharging her duties as congresswoman.
Lucy's father, Manoling Torres, also expressed surprise the SC decision was made public only now because he and his family believed that the issue had long been settled.
Avisado said Torres may be an indirect beneficiary of the Supreme Court ruling, because she can now run for another 3 consecutive terms.
They plan to file for a motion for reconsideration, even if the elections are just weeks away.
"This strengthens my resolve to continue to fight, ganito talaga ang pulitika. Laro ng demonyo," said Torres, wife of actor-politician Richard Gomez.
Avisado also claimed that even if the Supreme Court rejects their motion for reconsideration, no one can replace Torres in her seat.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday ousted Torres-Gomez as Leyte's fourth district representative because she "did not validly substitute" her husband Richard Gomez in the May 2010 elections, according to the high tribunal's spokesperson, Theodore Te.
Te explained she could not have validly substituted for her husband because he was not considered a candidate.
"He was held ineligible for failure to comply with residency requirements. Thus, absent a valid substitution Ms. Torres-Gomez could not have been considered a candidate," he said.