Leadership Profile: Rep. Agustin M. Gatuslao

Source: Get to know your officials, 1st ed, 1958

Hon. AGUSTIN M. GATUSLAO

Representative

Third District, Negros Occidental

Rep. AGUSTIN M. GATUSLAO has the distinction of breaking a 50-year old no re-election tradition in the third district of Negros Occidental.

Garnering a convincing majority of nearly 17,000 votes over his closest rival in the last 1957 polls, Rep. Gatuslao now begins his second term in the lower House with renewed confidence from his constituents.

“Tio Tuting,” as he is fondly called, began his meteoric rise in Negros politics as municipal mayor of his home town, Himamaylan, in 1937, holding the same position for three consecutive terms until 1945.

Born in Himamaylan, Negros Occidental, on August 8, 1904, he is the fourth child of Don Serafin Gatuslao and Julita Monton.

Rep. Gatuslao finishd his elementary and high school education at the Colegio de San Agustin in Iloilo (now University of San Agustin). For his college education, he chose the University of Santo Tomas, where he obtained his bachelor of laws degree in 1926. He passed the bar examinations in the same year.

During his first term in the lower House of Congress, Gatuslao was a member of the following standing House groups: Committee on Provincial and Municipal Governments and Committee on Public Works. He was also a ranking member of the Commission on Appointments wherein he was the chairman of the sub-committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Rep. Gatuslao is married to the former Alicia Montinola of a well-known family in San Enrique, Negros Occidental,with whom he has five children: Hernan, a holder of a bachelor of science degree; Carminia, a bachelor of arts degree holder (cum laude); Florinda, Maria Theresa and Antonio.

“Tio Tuting” can be proud of his record in the public service as it has always been ‘stainless’ and dedicated to the welfare of the commonweal.

Gatuslao, indeed, is a legendary name in the history of Negros Occidental.

Finally, as Philippine politics becomes a more complex part of our endeavors as an independent nation, Rep. Gatuslao, with all resolve and determination, fervently hopes to be a more useful and a cmore active participant in our great task of making the Philippines a more respected country in the world. And surely, he will do it!

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