Richard Gomez tops survey for congressman in northwest Leyte


Actor-turned-mayor Richard Gomez remained the top choice for congressional post in Leyte’s 4th district, according to local surveys.

Gomez, who has been the mayor of Ormoc since 2016, is picked by 79.5 percent of voters in the northwestern part of Leyte province based on April’s survey.

The figure is higher than the 74.8 percent preference recorded last February.

His rival, former Commission on Elections commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal is the choice of 17.1 percent of voters last month, higher than the 15.9 percent earned two months earlier.

The sample size of surveys conducted by various firms was 5,000 with an error percentage of 3 percent plus or minus.

“Despite several issues raised against me, voters did not believe. With peace and order in the core of our governance, in 2016, we’re able to flip Ormoc City, once known as the drug capital of Eastern Visayas, into the safest city in the country in 2017, 2018, and 2020,” Gomez said in a statement on Tuesday.

“It was also under my leadership that Ormoc enjoyed a boom, becoming the richest and most progressive city in Eastern Visayas,” he added.

The congressional bid of Gomez is backed by all six incumbent town mayors in Leyte’s 4th district.

Larrazabal, on the other hand, has allied with the Codillas, the clan that ruled Ormoc City for decades until 2016.

Richard’s wife, Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez, is running as mayor of Ormoc City to replace him.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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