Actor-turned-politician Richard Gomez was proclaimed city mayor on Wednesday, May 15, after getting a total of 77,977 votes in the 2019 midterm elections. The husband of Leyte 4th District Representative Lucy Marie Torres-Gomez defeated Engr. Eric “Beboy” Codilla, who garnered 29,981 votes, securing Richard a second term as local chief executive.
Also proclaimed is Toto Locsin, Jr., who got a total of 79,674 votes. He defeated Jingjing Codilla in Ormoc City’s vice mayoralty race after the latter only garnered 24,746 votes.
The newly elected members of the city council were also proclaimed, which include Bennet Pongos with 62,236 votes, Roiland Villasencio with 62,149 votes, Tommy Serafica with 59,312 votes, Nolitz Quilang with 59,271 votes, Gerry Penserga with 58,800 votes, Jasper Lucero with 58,017 votes, Perok Rodriguez with 57,415 votes, Vince Rama with 57,327 votes, Goito Yrastorza with 55,492 votes and Lalaine Marcos with 46, 857 votes.
The proclamation of the city’s newly elected officials was stalled for about two days after the transmission of some votes was deferred due to faulty SD cards.
In an interview with Superbalita Cebu, Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez thanked his supporters for their undying trust and care. “It is a testament that people are really asking for change. Siguro nakita nila ang gitrabaho nato sa first term. That’s why they want to continue this development,” he told the publication.
Mayor Richard, also, revealed that he, along with Vice Mayor Toto Locsin, Jr., wants to focus on improving the water system and supply in the city. The 53-year-old actor-politician added that his team wants to make the water and water services affordable to his constituents.
The former on-screen partner of actress Dawn Zulueta even said that the Ormoc Development Team (ODT), which is headed by Congresswoman Lucy, will work hard to make the city a better place to live in. Vice Mayor Locsin, for his part, thanked his supporters and vowed to work harder in his upcoming new term.
Beside Richard and Toto, Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez enjoyed a comfortable lead in the congress race. The lady solon got a total of 81,281 votes whilst her rival, Winnie Codilla, only garnered 25,150 votes.