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Duterte’s daughter endorses Toto Defensor, Jerry Treñas

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Presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio has endorsed the gubernatorial bid of Iloilo Rep. Arthur “Toto” Defensor Jr. (3rd District) and the mayoral bid of Rep. Jerry Treñas (Iloilo City) in the May 2019 midterm elections.

Duterte-Carpio, chair of Davao-based regional political party Hugpong ng Pagbabago, raised the hand of Defensor and Treñas, candidates of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) bets, Friday last week in Quezon City.

Her father, President Rodrigo Duterte is the national chairman of the ruling PDP-Laban.

“I am grateful. The endorsement is a big thing for me,” the son of incumbent Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. in a Panay News article.

Rep. Defensor is running against Nacionalista Party’s Rep. Ferjenel Biron (4th District).

On one hand, Treñas, who will face his brother-in-law Mayor Jose Espinosa III for the mayoral post, welcomed the Davao City mayor’s support.

“I am very appreciative of the support of Mayor Sara Duterte. I know that with her backing, we will be able to continue the development happening in Iloilo City,” he said.