Noy signs Lucy Torres’ bill into law

PALOMPON, Leyte, Philippines – Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez achieved another accomplishment after President Aquino signed into law a bill she filed converting the Palompon Institute of Technology (PIT) into a university last June 5.

The PIT’s conversion has been a long time dream of the local residents, as they noted that aside from maritime related courses, it could now expand its courses.

PIT is one of the country’s premier maritime institutions and has produced thousands of seafarers.



Comelec says Torres-Gomez candidacy stays

TACLOBAN CITY—The Supreme Court decision unseating Lucy Torres-Gomez as legislator does not affect her candidacy, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Veronico Petalcorin, Comelec assistant director for Eastern Visayas, said Gomez is qualified to run for the House seat representing Leyte’s fourth district.



SC unseats Lucy Torres-Gomez as Leyte representative

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court on Tuesday unseated incumbent  Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez (Leyte, 4th District) , the High Court’s spokesman said.

Lawyer Theodore Te said the SC voted 7-4-4 on the case filed by her rival, Silverio Tagolino, ruling that Torres-Gomez’s substitution for her husband, actor Richard gomez, during the May 2010 election was invalid.

“Quo warranto granted, Torres-Gomez ousted,” Te said in a text message.

Torres-Gomez’s substitution was reportedly backed by Comelec’s earlier resolution 8678, which states that “Substitutes for candidates who have died, suffered permanent incapacity, or were disqualified by final judgment,  may file their certificates of candidacy up to mid-day of election day, or May 10, 2010.”



Torres-Gomez unfazed by ouster; will file for MR, continue House duties

Leyte Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez and her lawyer assure media that the lady lawmaker cannot be replaced as of yet as they will file a motion for reconsideration before the Supreme Court which removed her from the congressional seat due to residency issues. The press conference was held March 19, 2013 at a coffee shop in Greenhills, San Juan City, shortly after the high court ruling was released. RYAN LEAGOGO/

MANILA, Philippines—Ousted Leyte Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez is not worried and will continue to work as legislator from the fourth district of the province despite the Supreme Court ruling removing her from the congressional seat.



Home parish applauds Lucy for “standing up for her faith”

ORMOC CITY – Garbed in a simple but classy high-collared dress with big red rose prints, Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez of the 4th district of Leyte, together with husband Richard Gomez, were loudly applauded during the Mass on Christmas Eve at the St. Peter and Paul Church here. 



Christmas switched on in Ormoc

Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez and husband Richard Gomez receive gifts from hearing-impaired children after the lighting ceremony of a giant Christmas tree in Ormoc City in Leyte Sunday.