Isko, Erap, Atienza express grief over Lim’s demise

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Incumbent Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, ex-President Joseph “Erap” Estrada and Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza have expressed grief over the demise of former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, and praised him for the services he gave to Filipinos and to Manileños.

Like Lim. Erap and Atienza were also both former Manila Mayors. Lim succumbed to Covid-19 infection. He was 90.

“Former mayor Alfredo Lim succumbed to death due to Covid-19. For several days, he was confined but he was unable to survive. . . We express deep condolences. Thank you, Mayor Lim, for your services. We will not forget you,” Moreno said in Tagalog in his FB post.

The light of the clock tower of the Manila City Hall was turned off as an expression of Lim’s passing.

Lim spent most of his life in public service. He served the Philippine National Police for 30 years. He started as a patrolman and retired as Manila’s chief of police. After his PNP retirement, he was immediately appointed as Director of the National Bureau of Investigation.

Lim also served as Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government from 2000 to 2001 and was elected senator in 2004. Prior to that he was twice elected  Manila mayor, winning in 1992 and reelected in 1995.

As Manila’s top cop, Lim earned the “Dirty Harry” monicker for his tough anti-crime stance against criminals.

“We will not forget him, his services to the city, because until now, we continue to benefit from his programs and projects,” Moreno said. The projects he mentioned include the four city hospitals in Manila — the Ospital ng Sta. Ana, Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center, Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital, and the Ospital ng Tondo.

He also helped build the City College of Manila, now Universidad de Manila, to complement the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), which gives free tertiary education to Manila resident-students until today.

Meanwhile, former Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada also expressed his sadness over Lim’s death.

“Rest in peace, Mayor Lim! I am saddened by your death. We may have political rivals, but I know we have the same aspiration — to give our poor people a better life. Manila will never forget you. Rest in Peace,” Erap said in his Facebook post.

Rep. Lito Atienza expressed his condolences to the family of Lim, his Compadre, being the godfather of one of his children. In an interview over Kapamilya Tele-Radyo, Atienza particularly praised him for his outstanding police service.  ###

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