Lucy Torres-Gomez Ousted As Leyte Representative By The Supreme CourtThe Supreme Court has handed down its decision to oust Leyte Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez from her post, saying that the actress-politician “did not validly substitute” her husband Richard Gomez during the 2010 polls.
It can be remembered that Gomez tried to run as Leyte representative, but he was disqualified because of his residency.
“He [Gomez] 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,” PEP.PH quoted Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te as saying.
Seven magistrates voted against Torres-Gomez while four dissented and four abstained.
The protest was filed by Silverio Tagolino, a resident of Ormoc City.
During the 2010 elections, Torres-Gomez got 101,250 votes against the 76,549 votes received by her opponent, Eufrocino Codilla Jr.
According to a political analyst, Torres-Gomez may be required to give back her salary because of the decision.
The actress-politician is running again as the representative of the fourth district of Leyte. She will run against Eric Codilla.
Atty. Alex Avisado, the Gomez’s legal counsel, said that they were surprised but not worried about the decision.
The message was sent to PEP.PH by Richard.
"In a similar case, the Supreme Court had already previously upheld the decision of the HRET [House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal] in our favor and dismissed the petition of her rival Eufrocino Codilla Jr.,” Avisado said.
"The issue of residency of Cong. Lucy Torres Gomez had long been settled with finality for which an Entry of Judgment had already been issued by the Supreme Court,” he added.
Avisado said that he believes that the judgment is a “serious and reversible error.”
He added that they will file a Motion for Reconsideration as soon as Gomez’s camp receive a copy of the decision. For now, Torres-Gomez will continue to serve the fourth district of Leyte.
“We are confident that in the end, justice shall be served only to those who are deserving,” Avisado said in his statement.