MANILA – The Second Division of the Commission on Elections has dismissed the disqualification case filed against Leyte 4th district Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez by two Ormocanons for having no basis.
The congresswoman is seeking her last term in office on May 13, 2019, however, the petitioners against her are claiming it is her fourth term, which is a violation of the three-term rule.
Petitioners Noelito Wagas and Jeffrey Dubal, known loyalists of Torres-Gomez’s political foe Eufrocino Codilla Jr., claims that even if Rep. Gomez was ordered disqualified in 2013 after she substituted husband Richard Gomez, she continued to report to Congress and functioned as congresswoman.
In her defense, Rep. Lucy T. Gomez said that the petition against her was baseless. She said that after her 2010 win was questioned with a quo warranto, she was dropped from the House of Representatives in March 2013 after the Supreme Court ruled that there was a “lack of proper substitution”.
The Supreme Court further said that Lucy, “who ran as Richard’s substitute, was not a bonafide candidate and could not have been validly elected”.
In the 2010 elections, Lucy routed her current political rival by 24,701 votes. She would be disqualified in 2013, not finishing her three terms.
In 2013, on her first legitimate term, Lucy ran against the younger brother of Eufrocino, Eric Codilla, who was incumbent mayor of Ormoc City, and won over him by more than 35,000 votes. In 2016, Lucy was again challenged by a Codilla sister-in-law, Violy, who lost by more than 53,000 to her.