Clan seeks power transfer from grandpa to grandchildBy Charisse Ursal
CEBU CITY—Whoever said power is addictive could be proven correct in this city.
Rep. Eduardo Gullas, on his last term as representative of the first district here, is fielding his grandson, Gerald Anthony Gullas Jr., as a candidate for the seat that the elder Gullas will vacate.
Gerald Anthony, 26, has been working as chief of staff of the elder Gullas but this will be his first time to seek public office, which seems to be the field of expertise of the family.
Eduardo Gullas III, younger brother of Gerald Anthony, is councilor of Talisay, the youngest to be elected into that office at 18 years old.
The elder Gullas said he has yet to decide what to do after his term ends. He said he could either run for mayor of Talisay, where his grandson is councilor, or focus on running the family-owned University of Visayas here.
Grandfather Gullas, however, said he would first concentrate on his grandson Gerald Anthony’s campaign in the first district, which is composed of the cities of Talisay, Naga and Carcar; and the towns of Minglanilla, San Fernando and Sibonga.
“There is no formal training to become public servant. All it takes is humility,” he said.
“I know I’m young but the most important thing is that I have my Papa Eddie (the elder Gullas),” said Gerald Anthony.
Gerald Anthony said if he wins, the people of the first district would have two officials—him and his “Papa Eddie.”
“If you vote for me, you get two people to represent you in Congress,” said the younger Gullas.