Richard Gomez was disqualified by the Comelec from running for Congress from Ormoc, Leyte because he was not a resident. With all due respect to Gomez, it seems that the Comelec had valid reason to rule that way since he does actually live in Greenhills, in Mandaluyong.
Which makes me wonder…if Richard Gomez is not really a resident of Ormoc, why does the Comelec think that Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is a resident of the second district of Pampanga when the entire country knows that she has been living in Malacanang since 2001? Sure, she owns a house there or something, but by that same token, doesn’t Gomez–through his wife Lucy– also own property in Ormoc? Or for that matter, have Raul Gonzales, Ed Ermita, Agnes Devanadera, and Art Yap lived in the districts in which they are running?
I’m sure there’s some technical legal reason that the Comelec can dream of to argue that Arroyo has actually been a resident of Pampanga for the past year. But on the surface, it looks like yet another example of arbitrary rulings from one of the most trusted government bodies in the country.