Hon. Gerald Anthony V. Gullas Jr.

City Mayor
Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Vargas Gullas Jr. (born December 1, 1984) is a Filipino politician serving as the mayor of Talisay, Cebu since 2019. He previously served as representative for Cebu’s 1st congressional district from 2013 to 2019.
Despite being eligible for a third and last term, Gullas opted to run as mayor of Talisay City which in turn allowed his grandfather Eduardo to run again as representative of Cebu’s 1st district in the 2019 local elections. The younger Gullas won in the said election.
In his 2019 State of the City Address, Gullas indicated that tourism was his top priority for the city as it aims to promote food tourism with its lechon delicacy and the historic landing site of American forces located at Barangay Poblacion. He also proposed for the construction of a boardwalk and a site to host lechon stalls. He was confronted by the city’s illegal drug problem which was mentioned by President Rodrigo Duterte for the second time during his speech on January 19, 2020, for the Sinulog Festival in Cebu. Duterte previously called out the city police officials on the said problem in a speech last February 24, 2019.
On March 29, 2020, Gullas confirmed the city’s first COVID-19 case amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.