ORMOC CITY – Ormoc City’s power couple, Leyte 4th District Representative Richard Gomez and his wife Ormoc City Mayor Lucy Torres-Gomez vowed to give the military full support after receiving their Lieutenant Colonel rank in the Army’s Reserve force on Thursday, February 23, 2023.

Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Romeo S. Brawner, Jr. led the commissioning ceremony giving the couple the Lieutenant Colonel rank in the Army’s Reserve force at the Headquarters Philippine Army, Fort Bonifacio, Metro Manila.

The Leyte congressman said being a part of the Army reserve force is a “great honor and a privilege.”

“Sa pagpapaganda at pagpapaunlad ng bayan natin, magkakasama tayo rito. Let us continue to make sure that this country will grow. Let us continue to make sure that our country will be peaceful through our efforts,” he said.

“On this day we are formally donned and now part of the service. I am with you not just by name but in thought and in deed. And if there is anything that I can do in my personal capacity and my official capacity, please know that I am here for you,” Mayor Torres-Gomez said.

Lt. Gen. Brawner lauded the Leyte solon for his contributions in fostering goodwill and in establishing the face of the Philippine Army while he exercised his craft as an actor, athlete and a public servant.

The Army chief also cited the achievements of Mayor Torres-Gomez as a public servant and as a television personality. “To our honorees, you have our admiration for all your hard work, selfless dedication, and untiring commitment to serve. You are not only exemplars of professionalism but you are also instrumental in the accomplishment of our vision of becoming a world-class, multi-mission ready, and cross-domain capable Army,” Lt. Gen. Brawner said. By Elmer Recuerdo (EV Mail Feb. 20-26, 2023 issue)