ORMOC CITY – Mayor Richard I. Gomez has already publicly announced the future political plans of the Ormoc Development Team. This includes him switching posts with Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez, and that it will be another Locsin as Vice Mayor.
The mayor’s first audience was the officials of Brgy. Quezon Jr. led by Punong Barangay Don Fidel Manigao during the group’s visit to the village to distribute food packs in the anti-dengue food-for-work program.
Mayor Gomez said they are baring their future political plans early to put a stop to speculations. The Ormoc Development Team remains strong and united, he added.
Brgy. Quezon Jr., considered bailiwick of the Codillas in the past, delivered a 13-0 win for the ODT last elections. In the same meeting, the officials, including those aligned with the opposition, pledged their support to Gomez, saying they are seeing a lot of good happening in their barangay and they cannot turn their back against development.
Mayor Richard Gomez said that in the next local elections, he will be switching posts with Lucy. He will run for Congress, while Lucy will run for mayor.
Their vice-mayor will be Carmelo Locsin Sr. who was a previous 3-term congressman and mayor of Ormoc City.
Vice Mayor Leo Carmelo Locsin Jr. is now on his third and last term. He said that he will be running for councilor. The younger Locsin has also confirmed it will be his dad who will run. “Definitely, it will be my dad,” he said.
The older Locsin, on the other hand, has started his public appearances. This week, he was a speaker at the anniversary of the Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU), which started as the Ormoc City School of Arts and Trade (OCSAT) that he established when he was congressman.
A Pasidungog Awardee, a Garbo sa Ormoc awards for non-natives who have made a lasting contribution in the city, Locsin once said that when he was congressman, he was appalled to learn that only Ormoc had no state college or university. That is why he filed the bill to establish OCSAT, which later became the Ormoc external campus of EVSU. The Ormoc Development Team will have four last-termers in 2022. With the vice-mayor running for council, this brings the vacancy to three but already, potential candidates have been identified from the same families of the last term candidates. By the EV Mail Editorial Team