Richard Gomez has filed a motion for reconsideration with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) after he was denied from running as congressman of Ormoc, the hometown of wife Lucy Torres-Gomez.
He was disqualified by the Comelec due to lack of residency, which states that he had to be a resident of the the 4th district of Leyte for at least a year to be eligible for office.
"Sinabi sa batas, kailangan sa residency kailangan ng isang taon na nakarehistro ka doon at doon ka nakatira," Richard explained to Startalk yesterday, February 20. "Mahigit isang taon ang aking rehistro doon sa pagtira sa Ormoc at napatunayan ko ito lahat sa dokumento."
LACK OF RESIDENCY. The actor-sportsman was denied from running because he held residence in Greenhills. Richard offered this reason:
"Ang sa akin kasi, number one, I never voted dito sa Mandaluyong. Pangalawa, iyong bahay namin sa Greenhills, e bahay namin iyon kasi dito kami nagtratrabaho sa Manila for the basic reason na walang studio sa Ormoc. Walang TV station, walang ibang network doon."
Richard was confident that he would be able to overcome the first decision.
"Gusto ko sabihin sa mga sumusuporta sa amin sa Ormoc na ang laban na ito, e we are fighting it fair and square at hindi nasisira ang loob ko at naniniwala ako na the commission will judge fairly on this. In the end, nandiyan pa rin ang Supreme Court.
"Kahit may pending case sa Comelec, tuloy pa rin ang pagtakbo, at pagdating sa eleksyon, e mabibilang ang boto ninyo."
This issue was supposedly the brainchild of Goma's adversary. Is Richard scared about his and his family's safety?
"Delikado din kasi marami silang mga goons doon," revealed Richard. "Siyempre, nag-iingat naman din ako. Okay lang iyon, natural lang iyon, e. Puro tsismis lang. Protektado ako ng dasal at sa Diyos. Nag-iingat naman [ako]."
MOTION FILED. Richard visited the Comelec yesterday at 2 p.m. to file his motion for reconsideration. He brought with him a huge stack of papers to prove his claim that he is indeed a resident of Ormoc. The papers contain 20,000 signatures from Ormoc residents in support of Richard.
"It is my obligation sa mga taga-Ormoc na ipagpatuloy ko itong laban na ito," said Richard. "Iyong mga tao, nagsuporta sa akin. Sa pangyayaring ito, e hindi ko sila puwede iwanan. Ipagpapatuloy ko iyong laban hanggang sa matapos na. Kinakailangan dito, e fair and square. Ganoon talaga ang tamang laban."
Richard added that he was very thankful to his supporters and reminded them not to lose hope. "Nandito ako at ipaglalaban ko kayo. Up to the end, lalaban tayo."