THE Philippine flag at the Andres Bonifacio Shrine was flown at half-mast yesterday in honor of the late former Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim. The City Hall clock tower’s lights were also turned off to mourn his passing.
This, as Mayor Isko Moreno said a public viewing is being prepared by the city for Lim as soon as the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) is lifted.
Moreno said the planned site is the Bonifacio Shrine beside City Hall which Lim himself ordered built when he was mayor, in honor of Gat Andres Bonifacio whom he had always revered as worthy of emulation in all his speeches for his patriotism.
In his live broadcast over the weekend, Moreno extolled Lim and thanked him for having spent 50 years out of the total of 58 years of his public service, rendering service to Manilans. Lim was with the Manila police force for 38 years and was mayor of Manila for 12 years.
Moreno, in citing Lim’s accomplishments like building the first free college for those who cannot afford tertiary education and establishing five of the six city-run hospitals, called on the youth to emulate his example as a public servant who is clean, honest and dedicated.
He also vowed to immortalize Lim saying he deserves to be perpetually remembered by Manila’s present and future generations for the things he did for Manilans.
Moreno also said that he consulted Lim right after winning the elections, regarding certain aspects of governance in the country’s capital city.
Meanwhile, Lim’s daughter Christy Lim-Raymundo thanked those ‘who have supported and who condole with us in this our time of great grief.’
Her statement read: “Our father passed away quietly at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at the age of 90. He has lived a full life, having served the country for almost six decades in various capacities beginning as a patrolman at the then Manila Police District until he became chief of the then Western Police District. He was also NBI director, DILG Secretary and Senator. He spent most of his years in public service as mayor of his beloved city, Manila, from 1992 to 1998 and again from 2007 to 2013.
The family also wishes to thank Mayor Isko Moreno and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna for all their love, help and support and for honouring Mayor Lim’s memory, specially his untarnished and dedicated service to the people of Manila.
To his PDP-Laban family, supporters, friends and to all those who offered prayers and to those who extended their love, condolences and kind words through the social media and text messages, thank you from all of us.
We humbly ask you to continue praying for the eternal repose of his soul. God bless us all and may He always keep us safe.”