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.
Parish Priest Fr. Gilbert Urbina said that no less than Palo Archbishop John Du gave him instructions to publicly acknowledge on the pulpit Lucy’s “standing up to the faith” in consistently voting “no” to the controversial Reproductive Health Bill from its 2nd reading to the 3rd reading. Fr. Urbina made the announcement twice, the first before saying his sermon and the second, before the mass ended.
It was also learned that the same announcements were being made in all the churches of Ormoc City and the 4th district of Leyte.
Ormoc Mayor Eric Codilla, who is challenging Lucy for Congress come May 2013, was also in the same mass, just across the pew where Richard and Rep. Lucy Gomez were seated with their families.
The mayor was observed to have also softly clapped his hands, but his known attack dogs in their Facebook accounts immediately criticized Lucy’s “No” vote as “disloyalty” to Pres. Benigno Aquino III and the Liberal Party.
The President certified the bill as “urgent” and usually, when a bill is tagged as such, party mates are expected to toe the line.
However, Cong. Lucy Torres-Gomez stood her ground, and did not flip-flop even if around 20 others party mates voted yes. The Church considered Lucy’s consistent “no” vote as an “act of courage”, including all the other solons who defied the President.
The posts, however, were deleted after it was noted that the propaganda even offended Codilla supporters who were anti-RH and “saradong Katoliko”.
An insider said Lucy’s opposition realized they have again put their foot in their mouth on the issue, in their eagerness to please their paymaster.
It has been noted that Codilla’s attack dogs paid to “bite” Lucy and known supporters at every turn have been fumbling recently, to the point of defending known drug personalities in the city and why they’ve remained “untouchables”.