Through his whole showbiz career, Richard Gomez has rarely been linked to violent outbursts or fights. He has remained a leading man who, despite having a few highly public affairs, is a good guy through and through. That’s why it may come as a surprise that he is confirming that he threatened and challenged a certain barangay captain to a fight!
As it turns out, Gomez fumed when Barangay Tongonan Barangay Captain Isagani Benitez refused to accept the relief goods from the Local Government Unit, which was for the earthquake victims in the area. However, Benitez countered that, contrary to what Gomez was saying, he did not receive any relief goods, or any help from the LGU for that matter.
Nevertheless, Gomez said that he will pursue filing charges with the Ombudsman against Benitez. He continued to say that he will not stop until the barangay captain is stripped of his position and rank, so that he may learn a lesson.
Gomez’s bid for Mayor of Ormoc was never easy. He first set sights on it on 2010 but was disqualified by the Comission on Election (Comelec) as he could not sufficiently prove his residency in Ormoc.
His wife, Lucy Torres-Gomez, took his place in the running and won. Which came as no surprise to no one, as the Leyte native is still very popular there, even after relocating to Manila after her marriage to Gomez. During this time, Gomez served as her chief of staff.
CONGRESSWOMAN LUCY Torres-Gomez said she was “hurt and disappointed” with Barangay Chairman for refusing the P3-million covered court that she was giving to her home barangay.
Lucy, who went to meet with the barangay chairman together with some of his councilors on Monday, June 27, bearing “good news” said she was appalled when Alburo refused to accept the project for the simple reason that he’d rather wait for what Ormoc Mayor Eric Codilla promised him.
Lucy, who was almost tearful as she recalled the incident, said “for the first time in my life, I lost my temper”.
“I could not believe it”, she said, “that a barangay captain will refuse a good project just because he had political loyalties. What happened to his promises made about serving the people?” Lucy added.