At last, Richard Gomez wins an election


At last, Richard Gomez wins an election 1
Richard Gomez is proclaimed as the mayor of Ormoc, Leyte. Jenette Fariola-Ruedas, ABS-CBN News

Actor-politician Richard Gomez was proclaimed mayor of Ormoc City in Leyte by the board of canvassers after he defeated Liberal Party candidate Ondo Codilla.

The 50-year-old Gomez ran under the Nationalist People's Coalition.

Gomez won the mayoralty race with 53,234 votes against Codilla's 44,453, according to data transmitted by the Commission on Elections.

This is Gomez's first win in several tries for an elective post.

Party-list group Mamamayan Ayaw sa Droga (MAD), which named him as a nominee, was disqualified by the Supreme Court in 2001.

In 2007, he ran for senator but lost. He again tried for a seat in the House of Representatives in 2010 but was disqualified due to residency issues.

In 2013, he lost the mayoralty race to Edward Codilla by a slim margin of fewer than 3,000 votes.

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Gomez's wife Lucy Torres also secured a seat in the House of Representatives. She won as the congresswoman of the 4th District of Leyte. --with a report from ABS-CBN News' Jenette Fariola-Ruedas