Richard Gomez bares LP teammates in his bid for Ormoc City mayor

by EVMail News on August 6, 2012


ORMOC CITY – Weeks after formally announcing his intention to run for mayor of this city, Richard Gomez, husband and chief of staff of Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez, introduced his current line-up of candidates for his team to an assembly of 161 barangay leaders and barangay coordinating chairmen (BCCs) at a gathering on July 21.
Gomez’s said his candidate for vice mayor is Carmelo “Toto Jr.” Locsin and to run for council under the Liberal Party are Atty. Benjamin “Bennet” Pongos Jr., Vincent Rama, Emma Fiel-Fragata, Engr. Paulito Cotiangco, incumbent city councilors Rolando Villasencio and Mario Rodriguez, and former councilor Ando Conejos. The LP slate still lacks three candidates which Gomez expressed confidence would be filled up by good men who shares his vision for Ormoc in due time.
“Importante na ang inyong umaabot nga leaders, kugihan ug naa’y vision,” Gomez told his leaders. This was echoed by Pongos and Fragata, who both said they joined Richard’s team when he invited them because his dreams for Ormoc were similar to their advocacies.
Vice mayoralty aspirant Toto Jr. also expressed his positive impressions of congresswoman Lucy and her husband Richard. “Bilib jud mi sa kakugi ni Lucy,” Toto Jr. said, adding that the combined leadership of the two with Lucy in Congress and Richard as mayor, could pave the way for Ormoc to progress.
Toto’s father, Carmelo Locsin Sr., former congressman and Ormoc mayor as well, also expressed his admiration at what Lucy was able to do in a short time. For a lady who has been named one of the most beautiful women in the country several times, she has proven to be a hard-worker beneath her soft exterior, Locsin observed.
“Si Lucy daghan na nabuhat (for Ormoc and the 4th district towns) ug limpyo ang agi, ” he said. Her gentle nature and sincerity has appealed to the mayors of at least three towns, that even as they were Lakas-NUCD, they did not have the heart to say no to her proposed projects. Now, three have joined her at the Liberal Party.
In the case of Ormoc, Carmelo Sr. said, the congresswoman can do more if the mayor, vice-mayor and council were cooperative to her projects.  That is why, he told Gomez’s leaders, it was important that they campaigned for a straight ticket for Lucy, Richard, Toto Jr. and the councilor’s slate.
Vince Rama also asked those present to try the Richard Gomez- Toto Jr. Locsin partnership. “Sa ako tan-aw, ang ila plano para sa Ormoc mas maayo kaysa kanang naglingkod karon.” Both are young and known to be go-getters.
Rama also said that cockfighting aficionados (sabungeros) should not worry that Richard Gomez, if he becomes mayor, would totally prohibit it in Ormoc.
Rama explained that cockfighting is legal in the country but regulated, and what the city has to do is just enforce regulations so that the culture of wanton gambling is stemmed. Rama explained this in response to criticisms from Gomez supporters of the “Beboy Cup” Derby.
Councilor Villasencio and Engr. Cotiangco, for their part, said what is important for them is what is good for the city. Villasencio said that as the single opposition in the council, he could not do anything with what the majority wants done that is why it is important that in 2013, the Liberal Party should have the majority numbers.
Merlinda Garbo, a kagawad of Brgy. San Jose, said many of her fellow barangay leaders were “madasigon” (enthusiastic) in reaction to the Gomez-Locsin tandem. “Maayo ang plano, ang team,  aktibo og dili luyahon, labi na nga si Richard molihok gyud siya, di muurong.” She said her companions also liked Gomez’s plans, as well as what Lucy has delivered in terms of projects, programs and services to her constituents.  By Mutya Collander

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Jerry diano catayoc August 6, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Akong nasuta niadto pa nga ang mga torres dili sa,ok nga pamilya, busa daku ang akong tiwala ni lucy ni lucy torres gomes, ug hinaut nga kung si rechard ang mahimong mayor sa ormoc ayohon lang unta niya pagdala ang ormoc, daghan salamat.

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