After win, Richard Gomez to take a break from showbiz

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016. Filed under: Entertainment Filipino Stars
Richard Gomez (MNS photo)

Richard Gomez (MNS photo)

Actor Richard Gomez will be taking a break from show business now that he is the mayor-elect of Ormoc City.

Last Tuesday, the 50-year-old Gomez was proclaimed the mayor of OrmocCity in Leyte after he defeated Liberal Party candidate Ondo Codilla.

“Pahinga lang muna ako sandali sa showbiz. Tutal I’m sure every once in a while ay makikita nila ako,” Gomez said.

“Gusto ko nga sana kung pwede silang mag-taping sa Ormoc, mag-‘ASAP’ sila sa Ormoc. We will make Ormoc an open city para makita ng mga tao (ang ganda nito),” Gomez told the radio show’s host Amy Perez.

Gomez said this is his way of giving back.

“Alam mo tayong mga artista, nakikita nila na magandang tao, magandang lalaki, pero kapag umuuwi kami ng probinsya namin nakikita ko na ang daming tao na ang hihirap talaga ng buhay. So, siguro ito na ‘yung payback time para makatulong ako sa kanila. Ito kailangan ngayon giving back tayo, ma-improve man lang natin ang buhay nila ay okay na ako doon,” he said.

This is Gomez’s first win in several tries for an elective post. Party-list group Mamamayan Ayaw sa Droga (MAD), which named him as a nominee, was disqualified by the Supreme Court in 2001.

In 2007, he ran for senator but lost. He again tried for a seat in the House of Representatives in 2010 but was disqualified due to residency issues.

In 2013, he lost the mayoralty race to Edward Codilla by a slim margin of fewer than 3,000 votes.

Gomez admitted that this year’s election wasn’t easy for him.

“It took me a lot of perseverance. Kasi ang nakalaban ko sa Ormoc, 21 years sila nakaupo, tuloy-tuloy. Ganoon kabigat ‘yung tinibag natin na political family. … Mahirap talaga pero sa tulong ng maraming tao ay nanalo din tayo,” he said.

As the new mayor, Gomez said that he will be working on improving the peace and order of the city.

“Ang pinaka-importante dito sa Ormoc ay ‘yung peace and order. Kung maayos ang peace and order madali ng ma-develop ang tourism at cultural programs dito. Gusto din namin na tumaas ang economy ng Ormoc, may pumasok na malaking negosyante at ma-improve namin ‘yung agriculture namindito,” Gomez said.

Gomez’s wife Lucy Torres also won as the congresswoman of the 4th District of Leyte. (MNS)

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