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Gullas’ death saddens Labella

Cebu City Mayor Edgar C. Labella was deeply saddened upon learning that former congressman Jose “Dodong” Gullas has passed away.

“Cebu has lost a great man who has touched many lives, including mine. I vividly and fondly recall when I was in third year high school at the University of the Visayas, I was chosen as the representative for the Voice of Democracy inter-school competition,” Labella said.

The mayor said Gullas personally saw to it that he was fitted the best garments for that event – a Jusi Barong Tagalog with Marzotto wool pants. That was the first time he was able to wear them

Labella said that when he ran for Cebu City mayor, Gullas offered his support. And when he eventually became mayor, he continued to keep in touch. He would call every now and then to check on him and impart his nuggets of wisdom

“Sir Dodong constantly reminded me to do my job well and to maintain my humility. He would tell me to always be careful because I never ambitioned for this position, which many people are interested in,” Labella said in his Facebook post.

“Those were moments I’ll forever treasure. My sincerest condolences to his wife, Ma’am Nena, his brother Congressman Eddie, and the rest of the family. Sir Dodong’s legacy will live on,” Labella said. ELIAS O. BAQUERO