HOUSE Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez yesterday honored the huge contribution to the country’s fight against criminality and illegal drugs of the late former Senator and Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim who died last Saturday afternoon at the age of 90.
Romualdez said Lim left a legacy of law and order that earned him the nickname “Dirty Harry” taken from the Clint Eastwood movie whose main character was a cop who was ruthless against suspected criminals.
“He was a decorated police officer who was tough on crime, a powerful force in maintaining law and order, and a dedicated public servant who served the country for almost six decades in various capacities,” Romualdez said.
“His malasakit (compassion) in maintaining peace and order was intended to ensure a safer environment for the Filipino people and give his poor constituents a better life especially the masses,” Romualdez recalled.
Romualdez extended his condolences to the family of Lim whom he described as a very selfless and respectful leader.”
“I join our friends with thoughts of comfort in extending our sincere sympathies to the Lim family during this very painful time. He will be included in our prayers,” said Romualdez. “His brilliant leadership and friendship will be missed, but he will never be forgotten. He lived a full life as a public servant. His legacy will continue.”
PNP MOURNS LIM
The Philippine National Police headed by General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa yesterday joined the nation in mourning the death of one of their own: retired Police General-turned lawmaker and government official, ex-Manila Mayor Alfredo ‘Fred’ S. Lim.
"The Philippine National Police joins the Filipino nation in mourning the untimely demise of a national leader, former Senator and DILG Secretary Alfredo S Lim. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and offer our comforting thoughts and prayers in this time of bereavement,” the PNP said in a statement.
"General Lim passed on to the great beyond on the same day (August 8, 2020) that the PNP commemorates the establishment of the Police Service in the Philippines 119 years ago. He must be really destined to go this way in the name of the profession that he truly loved and cherished,” the statement released by PNP spokesman, Brigadier Gen. Bernard M. Banac, said.
“The PNP will always be grateful for the legacy of efficiency left by General Lim, that shall serve as our own standard of performance in the police service. His undying words: “The law applies to all, otherwise, none at all,” reminds us that we live under a regime of law where the law is supreme, and nobody but nobody is above the law.
"The PNP is honored to pay him our last respects and accord him the final honors befitting a police veteran and a statesman,” the statement said.
Manila’s "Dirty Harry" passed away on Saturday afternoon at the age of 90 after contracting the COVID-19 virus.
A dear friend of the Journal Group, Lim served as Manila Mayor from 1992 to 1998 and from 2007 to 2013. He also served as Senator of the Republic form 2004 to 2007.
The well-loved official who rose from the ranks served as chief of the Western Police District, now the Manila Police District and the Northern Police District and also became a director of the National Bureau of Investigation.
As a crime-buster, he gained popularity for his iron-fist policy on criminals especially drug dealers, rapists, holdup men and cop killers. During the 1986 EDSA Revolution, Lim became known for refusing an order to disperse the crowd massing up on EDSA.
As Manila mayor, Lim even gained international prominence for his highly-publicized spray-painting houses of known drug traffickers and users in the city. Under him, many Filipinos loved the instant justice served on drug addicts-turned child rapists and those who killed poor workers in jeep and street holdups, with many of the identified suspects killed in reported gun-grabbing incidents.
He is well-loved by the police force during his time as Manila police chief. He once told the Journal Group that during his active days in the Manila’s Finest, he made sure that once a Manila policeman is killed in the line of duty, the entire bureau will stop all its work and go after the cop killer.
Lim was known then for leading funeral marches for slain Manila cops from the WPD headquarters all the way to North Cemetery. He said that he led the marches to show the public that they have lost a man in uniform while he was performing his duty to serve and protect them.
He also made sure that the cop killer would be dead in a gunfight before his cop-victim is laid in his final resting place.
With Alfred Dalizon