Samsam Gullas takes leave; Bucao acting mayor for 5 days

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DEFEATED mayoral candidate Vice Mayor Alan Bucao will sit as the acting mayor of Talisay City, Cebu from June 9 to 13, 2022.

Talisay City Mayor Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas Jr. on Wednesday, June 8, said he would be taking a leave of absence to rest and be with his family.

“I have signed a memorandum designating VM Alan as mayor while I am gone,” Gullas said.

“Rhea and I will be leaving the country for a quick vacation after the grueling campaign,” he added.

The mayor will return to office on Tuesday, June 14.

Gullas was declared winner as a reelectionist for mayor during the May 9, 2022 local elections, while his wife Rhea, unopposed, won a seat in Congress as Cebu First District representative.

The mayoral race in the city was mired in controversy after Bucao alleged there were irregularities that occurred during the counting of votes in the local election.

The Commission on Elections denied any irregularity while Mayor Gullas urged the vice mayor to accept the will of the majority.

Bucao failed to dethrone incumbent Mayor Gullas, getting only 31,277 votes to Gullas’ 93,701 votes.

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