MANILA, Philippines – Television host Lucy Torres is replacing her husband, Richard Gomez, following his disqualification in the congressional race in Leyte province.
“We have decided to substitute Lucy to replace me as candidate for congressman in Ormoc and 4th district of Leyte. We will not wait for en banc decision to come out,” said Gomez in a text message to ABS-CBN News.
“That way we will not have to go to the Supreme Court to fight another battle and spend more money, time and effort if we win this election,” he added.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has disqualified Gomez after he reportedly failed to establish his residency in Ormoc City, Leyte.
The poll body granted the petition for disqualification filed by Buenaventura Juntilla against Gomez.
Juntilla, a former barangay chairman, pointed out that Gomez did not fulfill the legal requirement that a candidate must be a resident in the area where he intends to run for at least one year.
Gomez, however, disputed Juntilla’s claims, saying he and his family have been living in Ormoc since 2007.
Gomez filed an appeal before the poll body, but the Comelec has yet to act on it.