Duterte endorses Congress bid of Valenzuela’s Martinez

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By Billy Begas

President Rodrigo Duterte has endorsed the reelection bid of House Deputy Speaker and Valenzuela Rep. Eric Martinez in the upcoming elections.

During a simple ceremony, Duterte raised the hand of Martinez, who is running for his third term as Representative of the second district of Valenzuela.

Martinez said the President’s 60% approval rating two months before his term ends shows that his support will give a great impact on anybody’s candidacy.

“It’s the President Duterte himself who is announcing to the people that he is endorsing my candidacy. It means a lot, what more can I ask for,” said Martinez who will be up against former Rep. Magtanggol Gunigundo.

Martinez is the remaining and original incumbent public official in Metro Manila to push and actively campaign for the presidential bid of then Davao City Mayor Duterte in 2016.

Martinez has posted an 84% acceptance rating in an independent survey conducted last January 2022 while Gunigundo only has 16%.

The two were also opponents in the 2019 polls where Martinez got 106,848 votes or 73.79% of the 149,603 valid ballots cast for the congressional district.