SC ousts Lucy Torres-Gomez as Leyte congresswoman

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The Supreme Court has ousted Lucy Torres-Gomez as the representative of Leyte’s 4th district.


Lucy Torres-Gomez with husband, Richard Gomez, in a publicity shoot.
Lucy Torres-Gomez with husband, Richard Gomez, in a publicity shoot.


Voting 7-4-4, the high court said Gomez did not validly substitute for her husband, actor Richard Gomez, during the 2010 elections.

“Thus, absent valid substitution, Ms. Torres-Gomez could not have been considered a candidate,” the high court said.

The seven justices are Associate Justices Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Antonio Carpio, Martin Villarama, Jose Perez, Bienvenido Reyes and Marvic Leonen.

The four justices are Teresita Leonardo De Castro, Mariano Del Castillo, Roberto Abad and Jose Mendoza. On the other hand, the other four justices – Presbitero Velasco, Arturo Brion, Lucas Bersamin and Diosdado Peralta – did not participate for being a member of the House of Representative Electoral Tribunal-Associate Justices.

Richard Gomez, known as "Goma" in showbiz, was disqualified by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) because of his failure to sufficiently establish residency in Ormoc City.

Torres-Gomez replaced Gomez and won.

Gomez started his political career in the 2007 when he run as a senator but lost.

Currently, Gomez is the Chief of Staff of his wife Lucy Torres-Gomez. He is running for mayor of Ormoc City in the May 2013 local election.


UPDATE:



From a report of Jasmin Romero of ABS-CBN, it said Torres-Gomez 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.






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