GMA TO ENDORSE REYES IN 2004

Manila, March 19, 2003 -- Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes has President Arroyo's endorsement for "whatever" position he wishes to run for in next year's national and local elections.

In an interview on the GMA-7 television program "Unang Hirit" yesterday morning, Mrs. Arroyo said she can choose from a "lot of (presidential) materials" from within the pro-administration People Power Coalition (PPC).

"I would endorse, that's for sure," she said. "But I and my allies would do the selection together. But at this point, we should not be talking about that yet. There are so many crisis we have to attend to first."

During Reyes' 58th birthday party Monday at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, Mrs. Arroyo surprised guests when she said she wished that the defense secretary would win in next year's elections, without elaborating.

"I wish Angie would win in the 2004 elections," she said.

Reyes was caught off guard when Mrs. Arroyo raised his hand, which is the traditional way Filipinos endorse candidates for public office. (Marichu Villanueva, Star)


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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