PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson Harry Roque said former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim would be remembered for his tough stance against criminality and drugs.
“He (Lim) left a legacy of law and order to his constituents,” Roque said. “We pray for the repose of his soul as we keep the family of Mayor Lim in our thoughts and prayers during this time of great loss.”
Malacañang extended its condolences to the family, loved ones, friends and supporters of Lim.
In a video message, Moreno remembered his predecessor, noting the projects and programs he left behind in Manila, such as the Unibersidad ng Maynila and the Sta. Ana Hospital.
"Patuloy na pinakikinabangan ng mga batang Maynila ang mga programa at proyekto ng minamahal nating mayor," he said .
Moreno said the local government briefly turned off the lights of the city clock tower as a gesture of respect.
PNP MOURNS PASSING OF ‘ONE OF THEIR OWN’
The Philippine National Police headed by General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa yesterday joined the nation in mourning the death of Lim, whom they called one of their own.
“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 specifically drug dealers, rapists, holdup artists 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’ of houses of known drug traffickers and users in the city. Under him, majority of 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 just go on a mission to get the cop killers.
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 to his final resting place. With PNA,CNN Philippines