Martinez wins reelection bid, thanks supporters

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By Billy Begas

House Deputy Speaker Eric Martinez has won his reelection bid as representative of Valenzuela for his third and final term.

Martinez was proclaimed the winner by the City Board of Canvassers several hours after the voting was closed.

Based on the official tally, Martinez got an overwhelming 132,241 votes, while his lone opponent, former Rep. Magtanggol Gunigundo, has obtained 50,599 votes.

“Makatitiyak kayo na ako ay patuloy na epektibong maglilingkod. Dahil nga ang inyong Congressman Eric Martinez ay ‘never stop’ sa public service. Muli, salamat sa Panginoon sa ibinigay Niya sa atin na tagumpay na ito… salamat sa inyo.” Martinez said.

Martinez said his landslide victory is the “true testament” that his constituents appreciate his efforts in ensuring that his projects and programs are implemented well.

He also thanked President Rodrigo Duterte, the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC), and the Marcos-Sara Duterte UniTeam for supporting him.

Martinez is part of the Gatchalian’s Team Red, a local political alliance.

Team Red, led by Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian has scored a 16-0 win in Valenzuela.

Gatchalian’s younger brother Rep. Wes Gatchalian will be the next mayor of the city.