FLAVIER GIVING WAY TO LOREN IN 2004

Manila, April 24, 2003 -- Senate President Pro Tempore Juan Flavier would give way to Sen. Loren Legarda if she decides to run for president next year.

"I like Loren being my friend," he said in an interview. "Once she runs for president or for any position that I would run and she will be my opponent, I will withdraw. I will back out from the race."

On the other hand, Legarda, who earlier announced she would seek "a higher position," said she welcomed the statement of Flavier.

"I appreciate that and that would probably be inputted in my decision on what position to run for," she said.

Legarda topped the list of "senatoriables" in the recent survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), getting a 37 percent acceptance rating.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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