COMEBACKING Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim yesterday said he believes that the coming midterm elections will be fair as President Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly stated that he will not allow cheating to take place.
Lim, who is running under the ruling party PDP-Laban, said this on the sidelines of his meeting yesterday with hundreds of senior citizens from Manila’s first district when he was asked by reporters how he intends to prevent election fraud from happening this May polls.
“Magiging mas mahigpit ang gagawin nating pagbabantay. Naniniwala din ako na hindi papayagan ni President Duterte na magkaroon ng dayaan ang darating na halalan dahil ito ang lagi niyang sinasabi at malaki ang aking pagtitiwala sa kanyang mga salita,’ Lim said.
After holding a meeting with his coordinators, Lim attended a mass and then met with the elderly citizens of Manila. Lim capped his first day of campaign with a motorcade around the first district of Tondo, his bailiwick and where his ancestral home remains to this day.
Lim reiterated that he will not waste his time on debates that usually turn ugly and only result in mudslinging.
“Ayoko ng puro daldalan. Ako, kumakandidato na ang sandata ay ang aking mga nagawa para sa mga taga-Maynila. Ang dapat pag-isipan ay kung may makakatapat sa ginawa ko, ‘wag na lahat, ‘yun lang pagpapatayo ng limang libreng ospital at libreng kolehiyo,’ Lim said when asked if he would attend a debate slated the same morning in UP Manila.
His main coordinator Engr. Rey Ignacio had earlier advised the organizers of the debate that Lim would not be attending. He was surprised when UP disseminated in the Facebook that Lim will be present in the event.
Meanwhile, Lim dismissed issues being raised about his physical fitness in connection with his age, saying he is willing to take on anyone’s challenge for a marathon, weight lifting and similar muscle strength training.
“Bakit, hindi ba kayo tatanda? Ibig n’yong sabihin pag tumanda na ang mga magulang ninyo itatapon nyo na lang? Tandaan ninyo, ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan hindi makararating sa paroroonan,’ said Lim.
Lim is known for his “womb-to-tomb” program which he introduced in 1992 where free services from pre-natal to death are given to residents; putting up five public hospitals giving free treatment, hospitalization and medicines in addition to the already existing Osptital ng Maynila so that each of Manila’s six districts now has one hospital each and establishing the City College of Manila (now Universidad de Manila) giving totally free college education for average students and in addition to the existing Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila which caters to honor students from public high schools.
His other accomplishments include the establishment of 485 free day care centers, along with 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 of babies for poor, pregnant women; 132 newly-made roads; free playgrounds and sports complexes and centralized disaster evacuation centers in Tondo and Baseco.