- Actor-turned-politician Richard Gomez, just a few hours ago, confirmed that he has tested positive for COVID-19
- The Mayor of Ormoc City and husband of Congresswoman Lucy Torres said that his infection may have something to do with his work as the local chief executive of the city
- Richard assured his fans and the public that his symptoms are mild and manageable
- However, he said he has to be in isolation until he gets better and receives medical clearance to go back to work
Richard Gomez has confirmed in a text message to CNN Philippines that he has tested positive for the highly infectious COVID-19.
He assured everyone, however, that his symptoms are mild and manageable.
A multi-awarded actor, Richard tried his hands at politics a couple of years after marrying Lucy Torres, his wife and the daughter of a wealthy landowner in Leyte province, though was largey unsuccessful at the outset.
In a PhilStar report, Richard was the nominee
In 2016, or more than a decade after his initial foray into politics, Richard ran for mayor of Ormoc city and won. He was reelected as mayor during the May 2019 elections.
Richard is known by many as a hands-on mayor, an attribute which might have contributed to his COVID-19 infection.
“It could be my exposure from multiple people because of work I do as mayor. But I will be okay,” Richard said in a text message.
According to a news report by the Philippine News Agency, a Department of Health official in Eastern Visayas regarded the present surge of COVID-19 case in Eastern Visayas as very alarming.
As for Mayor Richard, he said he will just have to remain in isolation until he's recovered.
“I will need a lot of rest and will have to be in isolation until I’m better,” the mayor of Ormoc City said in his text message.
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Richard Frank Icasiano Gomez, more popularly known as Richard Gomez, is a multi-awardd Pinoy actor, director, TV presenter, athlete, and politician. He was born on April 7, 1966 in Manila. During his acting days, he won several nominations and awards for various roles in TV and movies. In 2016, he was elected as Ormoc City mayor in Leyte, where his wife also serves as the 4th district representative.
Recently, Mayor Richard took to social media to share a touching moment he experienced in the vaccination center in Ormoc City Superdome. Apparently, a lady who was about to get her COVID-19 vaccination seemed scared and nervous. The mayor approached the lady and asked her if she will fare better during the vaccination if he held her hand. According to the Ormoc City mayor, the lady said yes so Richard clasped her hand as she got her jab.
The mayor also took time to share a post made on Ormoc City Government's Facebook page congratulating the winners of qualifying competition for the Southeast Asian Games. The Facebook post revealed that Richard's daughter Juliana ranked third place in the fencing category. It seems that Juliana inherited her father's skills and athleticism, after all, Richard has won fencing competitions before. The post also shared photos of Juliana in her fencing attire as well as her parents as they watched in the bleachers.
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