Gullas retakes Talisay City Hall

By Carmel Loise Matus, Julit C. Jainar |May 10,2016 - 11:25 PM

FORMER Talisay City Mayor Eduardo “Eddiegul” R. Gullas Sr. retook the mayoralty seat as he won against incumbent Talisay City Mayor Johnny “JVR” V. Delos Reyes and was proclaimed by the Board of Canvassers yesterday morning.

Gullas garnered 58,068 votes as against JVR’s 22,855.

“We thank God and especially the residents of Talisay,” Gullas said in Cebuano.

Supporters cheered and were emotional as Gullas and his slate entered the canvassing center at the People’s Hall in Talisay City.

Gullas lost to Delos Reyes in the 2013 election.

In the first district of Cebu, the Gullas-led Nacionalista Party-Alayon (NP-Alayon) swept all mayoralty races.

The winners are Carcar City Mayor Nicepuro Apura, incoming Talisay City Mayor Eddie Gullas, Minglanilla Mayor Elanito Peña, Sibonga Mayor

Lionel Bacaltos, incoming San Fernando Mayor Lakambini Reluya, and incoming Naga City Mayor Kristine Chiong.

Rep. Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas III was also reelected for a second term in the first congressional district of Cebu.

He was proclaimed late yesterday afternoon.

Samsam Gullas, in an interview, said, “Nalipay lang ko nga taas ang pag-salig sa first district gihapon nako. I won in all the LGUs. Even in San Fernando kung asa mayor akong kaatbang. It just makes me happy that hard work does pay off and it showed pag May 9 (I am happy that the first district have high trust on me. I won in all the local government units. Even in San Fernando where the incumbent mayor is my rival),” he told CDN.

Gullas’ Team Alayon slate swept the City Council, leaving only Val Ylanan as the lone winner outside of the party with 41,977 votes. Ylanan was not around during the proclamation yesterday.

Alan Bucao of Team Alayon was proclaimed as City Vice Mayor. Bucao garnered 49,520 votes.

Delos Reyes conceded defeat to Gullas but alleged that the latter resorted to vote-buying.

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