Comebacking Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim yesterday showed good sportsmanship and professionalism when he shook hands with the son of his political rival during a chance encounter while he campaigned via a motorcade in the city’s sixth district.
Lim, accompanied by his son Manolet, campaign manager Nino dela Cruz and candidate for sixth district Councilor Raffy Crespo Jimenez, was aboard his float and cruising near the corner of Pedro Gil and Onyx Streets in Pandacan, Manila when he saw Jude Estrada, son of current Mayor Erap Estrada, with some companions and standing next to their campaign vehicle.
Instantaneously, Lim extended his right hand and Jude took it and both of them shook hands, to the delight of the crowd.
Lim was all smiles even as he told Jude ‘good luck’ after which the float moved on and Lim continued waving to the crowds that greeted him along the way.
According to Lim, official candidate of the ruling party PDP-Laban chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte, he is waging a friendly campaign not black propaganda and mudslinging.
‘Eh maski tatay niya makita ko, kakamayan ko din eh,’ Lim said, adding that a political campaign need not be fierce.
Lim said he is running based on his track record. He is known for his ‘womb-to-tomb’ program which he introduced in 1992 and where free services from pre-natal to death were given to residents; putting up of 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.