FORMER Mayor Alfredo S. Lim and godson, actor Cesar Montano, both true-blue Manilans, led ex-city officials and artists living in the city in responding to the needs of their less-privileged, fellow residents.
The two, in recent days, gave to Mayor Isko Moreno a total of over a million worth of donations each, to help the latter in responding to the basic food needs of all citizens of Manila, totalling P1.8 million.
As announced by Moreno himself, Lim gave P250,000 cash and P250,000 in check for a total of P.5 million, while Montano donated a truckload of rice containing 500 sacks in all which is worth about P1 million. Montano said he was helped by Robert Gaza of Digama Waste Management Corporation.
Moreno announced the contributions given by the two via social media and lauded them for doing something to help their fellow Manilans, with a call for other former city officials and artists residing in the city to also aid the city government, saying all kinds of support will be welcomed and highly appreciated.
Lim, who served as police chief and mayor of the city for several terms, spent his most productive years living in the first district of Tondo and now resides in the fifth district of Malate. Montano, on the other hand, was born and raised in the sixth district of Sta. Ana.
In donating to the city government with Moreno as the sitting mayor, Lim said there must be unity in helping the needy Manilans instead of taking the situation as an opportunity to sow division and engage in political intrigues, adding that Moreno needs all the help he can get specially from those who used to lead the city. Lim and Moreno, erstwhile political rivals, have buried the political hatchet and had since been getting along well.
‘Yung mga nagsasabing para sila sa mahirap, ngayon ang panahon para patunayan ninyo,’ Lim said.
For his part, Montano said he just really wanted to be of help: ‘Maraming nangangailangan sa Maynila and Yorme is doing a very good job in Manila.’
There are many former city officials and artists currently residing in different parts of Manila.