MANILA, Mar 19 (Mabuhay) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled to oust television personality Lucy Torres-Gomez as Leyte fourth district representative.
In a text message, SC spokesperson Theodore Te said she “did not validly substitute” her husband Richard Gomez in the May 2010 elections.
This means that the quo warranto petition was approved. A quo warranto proceeding is a legal proceeding during which an individual’s right to hold an office or governmental privilege is challenged.
The protest was filed by Torres’ rival, Lakas-Kampi-CMD candidate Eufrocino Codilla Jr.
Gomez was supposed to run under the banner of the Liberal Party but was disqualified on February 17, 2010 by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) because of his failure to sufficiently establish residency in Ormoc City.
Torres-Gomez substituted for her husband, who got 101,250 votes over Codilla’s 76,549 votes, or a mere margin of 24,701.
Te said seven of the magistrates voted in favor of the ouster, four dissented, and four abstained.
Torres-Gomez, 38, attended elementary and high school at St. Peter’s College, Ormoc City, where her family is said to own several hectares of land.
She married Gomez at the St. Peter and Paul Parish Church in Ormoc in 1998.
Among her achievements at the House of Representatives was her sponsorship of an amendment to the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009, revising the provisions rendering a time for breastfeeding babies during work hours.(MNS)