Isko vows to immortalize Lim

August 09, 2020
Alfredo Lim & Isko Moreno
Mayor Alfredo Lim and Mayor Isko Moreno after a meeting at a hotel where Moreno consulted Lim on vital matters right after winning the elections. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno has vowed to immortalize the legendary former Mayor Alfredo S. Lim, citing his honest and corruption-free feat as something that should serve as the template of public service which the young generation should emulate.

Moreno also ordered the lights of the iconic clock tower of the Manila City Hall switched off,  in honor of the passing of Lim, who had served as its mayor for 12 years.

In his live broadcast, Moreno said it is the city government’s small way of honoring Lim, whom he also extolled for having spent 50 years out of the total of 58 years in public office, serving the people of Manila.

“Kaming mga kasamahan niyang naglilingkod sa bayan ay nakikiramay. Hindi namin alam kung anong mga salita ang maihahambing bukod sa magaling at matinong pamamalakad niya bilang alkalde. Para sa mga kabataan, nais kong ipaaala na sa loob ng mahabang panahon ng buhay ni Mayor Lim, inialay niya halos lahat ito sa paglilingkod sa bayan,” Moreno said, citing that Lim served as a Manila policeman for a period of 38 years, from being patrolman up to when he became chief of the then Western Police District and then 12 years as mayor of Manila.  He was also NBI Director, DILG Secretary and Senator.

“Di makakalimutan ang paglilingkod niya sa lungsod.  Hanggang ngayon ay patuloy na pinakikinabangan ng mga taga-Maynila ang mga programa at proyekto ng mahal nating mayor. Ilan diyan ang patuloy na nakikita ninyong mga ospital,” Moreno said.

Lim established five of the six city hospitals giving free services to the poor and these were retained by Moreno who also ensures free medical services to the underprivileged.

“Isa sa pinakamalaki na di makakalimutang programa ng ating dating mayor ay ang UDM (Universidad de Manila) na nagbibigay ng libreng ‘tertiary education’ na hanggang ngayon ay nagagamit ng mahihirap nating kababayan na nais magkamit ng edukasyon,” Moreno said, as he also cited Lim for bringing peace and order in Manila so that it will not be a haven for criminal elements.

“Nakilala siya sa pagpapatino sa ating siyudad upang di bahayan ng mga kriminal ang ating lungsod. Naging epektibo ang kanyang pagpapatakbo para magbigay ng kapanatagan sa mga kababayan o sinumang dadapo sa lungsod, malinis at walang bahid ng korapsyon, bagay na kayong mga kabataan na nanonood, siya ang tularan… na maari tayong maglingkod sa bayan nang tapat at maayos,” Moreno said.

“Fifty  years of his 58 years in public service, he dedicated to serve the people of Manila. ‘Yan,  mga batang Maynila, ay ‘wag na wag po nating kakalimutan,” Moreno added.
In his live broadcast, Moreno also reminisced the times when he was with Mayor Lim, saying: “ang katotohanan po niyan,  nung ako ay manalong mayor, siya po ay aking pinuntahan agad para humingi ng payo kung paano ang magandang gawin laban sa kriminalidad  at kung paano patitinuin ang mga bahagi ng gobyerno sa ating pamahalaang-lungsod.”

Moreno also recalled that during Lim’s last birthday in December last year, he and Lim spent lunch together with Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna and just a handful of friends and talked about a wide range of issues.