- Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez has announced he will be running as representative for the fourth district of the province of Leyte in next year’s elections
- The actor-turned-politician said that in case he wins, he will help restore the franchise of ABS-CBN
- He said he owes a lot to ABS-CBN as there would be no Richard Gomez if not for the network
- At present, the representative for Leyte’s fourth district is Lucy Torres, the wife of Mayor Goma
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Mayor Richard Gomez of Ormoc City has announced he will be running as representative for the fourth district of Leyte province.
The position is currently being held by Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez, the wife of the Ormoc City mayor.
According to a news report by Rappler, Mayor Gomez will switch places with his wife in next year's elections.
He said that if he wins, he will do his best to help restore the franchise of ABS-CBN.
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In an interview with ABS-CBN News journo Kat Domingo, Mayor Gomez said there would have been no Richard Gomez if the Kapamilya Network did not exist.
"I am not Richard Gomez now without ABS-CBN," Mayor Goma said during the interview.
He said he owes the network a huge debt of gratitude.
Richard did many projects under the network for almost twenty years.
"I was a long-time employee of ABS-CBN. I worked in ABS for 18 years," the Ormoc City mayor said.
Mayor Gomez, however, admitted that he's just one of those who will ultimately decide the fate of ABS-CBN.
Nevertheless, Richard believes that he should do whatever is good for many.
"In Congress, kanya-kanyang utak ‘yan. As a representative, you represent yourself and your people. So you stand there not as an individual," he said, adding that representatives do what is good for the people, particularly if it involves national interest.
He said that he would always go for what is better and good for the entire Philippines.
Mayor Gomez's recent announcement is nothing new as he had previously hinted of switching places with his wife in the coming elections as reported by Inquirer.
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.
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The actor-politician has previously earned praises from netizens after taking his daughter, Juliana Gomez, to plant trees with him. However, Juliana is not the only one Richard invited but also her good friends; Pia and Zoey who accompanied them. According to Richard, he and his daughter's friends had a fun time planting mango trees and pulling cassava plants. This prompted several netizens to commend Richard for letting Juliana experience life at the field from time to time.
In July of this year, Richard 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.