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Mar 9, 2018

“Boots” is Really Happy for City Residents. No, really.

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

Port Loyola area representative Anthony “Boots” Martinez swears he has no hard feelings after Wednesday’s municipal elections victory for the People’s United Party in Belize City. He kept insisting to reporters this afternoon that the election, which the U.D.P. lost in his division, was not a referendum on him, despite the pre-election scandals. Martinez now says he is looking forward to seeing what the P.U.P. can do in the Old Capital and for his constituents.


Anthony “Boots” Martinez, Area Rep., Port Loyola

“One thing I will say – it’s a joyous day for me.”



“Why is that?”


Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“The people have spoken, and I respect the decision of the people. now they can go and get the cement houses; now they can go and get the thousands of jobs; now they can – street noh vote and so; I am happy for the people.”



“But it sounds like you di grudge people fi vote ‘against you?”


Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“No, man. It is an enjoyable feeling. See, I’m laughing; normally people say ‘man, your demeanour, you come confrontational;’ – and Port da by lee bit too and this da City Council election, but any which way, the thousands of jobs and so that is being offered, I think the people bought it and they are ready for look for employment; streets can’t vote.”



“Sir, okay, good; the people spoke but do you accept that they rejected you? It’s you who put – remember I told you, when you get involved it was forty-eight percent, when you never got involved last City Council it was sixty-eight percent.”


Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“Put it this way, sir: I am four-time consecutive representative dah Port Loyola presently. F-O-U-R, consecutive. I will retire as a champion – Boots Martinez will retire on the ballot as a champion. So they can’t reject me; they can’t reject me, because I am not going back to Port Loyola to ask for a vote, because I am not running, sir. So they can’t reject me.”


Aaron Humes

“Are you considering that the allegations made against you in the closing days of campaign had anything to do with how the people voted?”


Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“Put it this way: da only Port Loyola lose? I am happy for the people of Belize City – what part of that you no understand? God, I’m extremely happy for them! They will have a happy life now. The thousands of jobs will be there, the cement houses will be there, streets will be building over – I am extremely, extremely happy! This is the first time I’m giving an interview that I am so – and you know people say calm down, but I am happy. I am happy for them.”

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