HOUSE Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez on Sunday honored former senator and Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim’s huge contribution to the country’s fight against criminality and illegal drugs.
Romualdez said Lim left a legacy of law and order that earned the former mayor the nickname “Dirty Harry,” Clint Eastwood’s famous cop character who was ruthless against 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 stressex.
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.”
Lim began his career in public service as a patrolman at the Integrated National Police assigned at then Manila Police until he became superintendent of the Philippine National Police Academy and director of then Western Police District or WPD (now the Manila Police District).
The former senator had two biopics: Alfredo Lim: Batas ng Maynila in 1995 and Alfredo S. Lim: The Untold Story in 2013.
He also served as director of the National Bureau of Director (NBI) during the administration of the former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino, appointed by former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada as secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and a senator.
Lim spent most of his years in public service as mayor of his beloved City of Manila, from 1992 to 1998 and again from 2007 to 2013.