PARTIDO Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) Manila mayoral candidate former mayor Alfredo S. Lim yesterday denied rumors that he has withdrawn from the mayoral race, saying there is no reason why he should.
In an official statement, Lim said: ‘’I’m running for Manila mayor and I intend to win. I am not backing out. Wish lang ‘yun ng mga kalaban ko.’’
Lim said he does not intend to get back at those spreading the rumors, who play dirty tricks or engage in mudslinging and instead, will campaign based on his record as city mayor.
“The efforts to derail my candidacy are proof that I am headed for a win. Siguro naman kung hindi maganda ang takbo ng kandidatura ko, hindi ako pagtitiyagaan na siraan at palabasing umatras na sa laban. Isa lang ang ibig sabihin nito. Malakas ang laban ko at mananalo ako,” Lim said.
“There is no reason for me to withdraw my candidacy in the midst of highly-encouraging survey results, number of people pledging continued support and most specially, the endorsement of my candidacy by no less than the ruling party, the PDP-Laban, and by President Rodrigo Duterte as chairman and Senator Koko Pimentel as party president, which had declared me as the party’s official mayoral bet in Manila,’ Lim added.
It was known to public that Lim’s accomplishments were highlighted by the establishment of five public hospitals giving free treatment, hospitalization and medicines in addition to the already existing Ospital ng Maynila so that each of Manila’s six districts now has one hospital , as well as his “womb-to-tomb” program (free services from pre-natal to death) which began in 1992.
During Lim’s administration, the City College of Manila (now Universidad de Manila) giving free college education was established to accommodate average students aside to the existing Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila which caters to honor students from public high schools.
Also built during Lim’s time were 485 free day care centers, 97 new buildings for public elementary and high school; 59 barangay health centers offering free medicines and treatment of minor illnesses; 12 lying-in clinics offering free delivery; 132 newly-made roads; free playgrounds and sports complexes and centralized disaster evacuation centers in Tondo and Baseco.
Real property tax rates were also much lower then. Lim vowed to reduce taxes to its former rates when elected to office.
Lim made the clarification after his supporters informed him that some quarters are spreading the rumors for several weeks ago that he will no longer run for office for whatever reason only Lim could tell.