MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Actor Richard Gomez has been proclaimed mayor of Ormoc City in Leyte, besting his competition, Ondo Codilla and Mar Gallardo. (Results: Stars running for office in 2016 elections)
The proclamation was made early Tuesday morning, May 10, in front of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in front of the Board of Canvassers.
Based on 100% of the results that were transmitted, the newly-proclaimed mayor emerged triumphant with 53,234 (54.2%) of the votes, compared with the incumbent mayor, Liberal Party (LP) candidate Codilla (44,453, 45.2%) and Independent candidate Gallardo (608, 0.6%).
Gomez previously ran for mayor in 2013 but lost to Codilla. He also said that he will have to take a break from showbiz should he be elected.
"We have to [stop acting], because if I win as mayor, it is a full-time job," he told Rappler in a mix of Filipino and English during a previous interview. (READ: Why Richard Gomez is running for mayor of Ormoc)
"This will be the priority. And I've spoken to ABS-CBN about it. I have contracts remaining there, and, sabi ko (I said), next time na lang yon."
His wife, Lucy Torres-Gomez, currently leads with 60.8% of the votes in the race for the position of Representative in the 4th District of Ormoc City. She is a candidate under the Liberal Party. – Rappler.com
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