Gullases vow continued support in fight vs illegal drugs

TALISAY City Mayor Eduardo Gullas assured Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Chief Supt. Noli Taliño that he will continue to support the fight against illegal drugs.

The veteran public official, in an interview with reporters, also expressed fear his enemies in politics might drag his name in the illegal drug trade.

“It’s possible that our opponents will say the Gullases are drug lords. But never (are we involved in the illegal drug trade),” he said.

Considering the politics here in Cebu, Gullas told Taliño it is not “impossible” that his family will be accused as narcopoliticians.

But Taliño told Gullas and his grandson, Rep. Gerald Anthony Gullas (Cebu, 1st District), that they are not in the narco-list given to him by Camp Crame.

“As far as I’m concerned, they are not in the list,” he said.

The mayor and his grandson visited Taliño in the latter’s office yesterday morning.

Gullas also told Taliño that he will give the same support to the new Talisay City police chief, Supt. Emerson Dante, who replaced Supt. Aileen Recla, after the latter was relieved by Camp Crame last week.

Recla was one of the 28 officers who were transferred to the personnel holding and accounting unit.

Taliño told Gullas that it was the Internal Affairs Service who requested for Recla’s relief.

Gullas earlier criticized the police for not allowing him to choose his chief of police, saying it is “against the law.”

He said he was satisfied with Recla’s job as the city police chief.

Dante, when he assumed his post, had asked Gullas to give him two months to show his performance, particularly in the city’s campaign against illegal drugs.

Dante said he has a big shoes to fill but he will do his best to ensure that the city’s peace and order situation will remain stable.

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