Alfredo S. Lim

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Alfredo S. Lim
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City Mayor of Manila
Senator of the Philippines
Political Party: Liberal Party (2009)–present, (1998)–1999)
PMP (2005–2008)
Koalisyon ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino (2004-2005)
People's Reform Party (1992–1998)
Born: December 21, 1929
Tondo, Manila

Alfredo S. Lim is the re-electionist mayor of the city of Manila in the 2013 Philippine general elections, running under the banner of the Liberal Party. Mayor Lim first served as mayor of Manila from 1992 to 1998. He won a Senate seat in 2004 but decided to run again for the mayoralty of Manila in 2007 instead of remaining in office as Senator until 2010. He was elected as mayor in 2007 and will stay in office until the new mayor takes his oath of office or Mayor Lim gets re-elected. If Mayor Lim is re-elected, he can only stay in office for another three years, after which he has to step down, for by law, mayors are allowed to stay in office for only 9 consecutive years and not more than three consecutive three-year terms.


Early Life

Orphan Edo

Alfredo Siojo Lim was born to Rosario Siojo of San Miguel de Mayumo, Bulacan on December 21 1929, at Emmanuel Community Hospital in Manuguit, Tondo. The senior Alfredo Lim had died from illness before his son was born. Rosario, the young widow remarried and left the preschool-aged Alfredo at Hospicio De San Jose. She instructed a sibling about the whereabouts of her son before she moved to Benguet with her new husband. Though a cousin would take Alfredo out once or twice a month for some ice cream, it was the orphanage that sheltered the boy until Rosario’s sibling could no longer keep the truth from their mother Flora. That was when Alfredo, who was then in Grade 3, was taken in and brought up by his grandparents Flora Villaroman Valisno and Bernardo Siojo at their house in Calle Alfredo, near Dapitan, at the back of the University of Santo Tomas (UST).

Foster Home with His Grandparents

He was called Edo by his nearest of kin and was the pet of his grandmother Flora, who was a good businessman even though she was not as rich as her husband. While Flora always had funds, she provided for her pet grandchild’s needs and wishes. On an interview, Lim would admit to not having felt the love of his mother and not having a close relationship with her. He recalls that on his mother’s visits to Manila, she would spank him for reasons he never understood but the love of his grandparents, who never spanked him, more than made up for his mother’s spanking. He was hurt when he realized his situation as an orphan but he was so young then and could not do anything about it. At a very young age, he was trained to wake up early and prepare for daily Mass. However, it was life at the orphanage and later under the influence of Lim’s grandparents that Lim credits for the formation of his attitude of love for God and of doing good. For the book May Langit Din Ang Mahirap, Lim’s first cousin Romeo Siojo, a lawyer and closest childhood pal, shares that Lim as a child was the quiet type. Atty. Siojo also recalls that though Lim’s grandparents were disciplinarians, they loved him dearly and would go out and look for him whenever he would come home late. When his grandmother fell ill and died in 1943 at age 70, the teenaged Alfredo was claimed by his Ninang Dr. Dolores La’o-Conde, their family physician, to whom he was entrusted by his grandmother. Bernardo then lived with a daughter in Bulacan and never lived with his grandson Alfredo again. The old man only took care of spiritual matters and could no longer support his grandson. He could not live with his aunts and uncles because they had their own children to support and with his mother already in Baguio, he was left alone to support himself. He did his best to heed the dying Flora’s words , “Kinakailangan matuto kang tumayo sa sarili mong paa. Huwag kang aasa sa mga kamag-anak mo, kahit kanino. ” He got the same advice from his godmother doctor. For three years while living with his Ninang, he tried various jobs in the daytime: he shined shoes, sold bananas and was a bus conductor; he would pursue his high school studies in the evenings, to get where he wanted to be which was to belong to Manila’s Finest. This was how policemen under the Manila Police District were popularly called then.


He was salutatorian at his graduation at P. Gomez Elementary School. His first year high school was spent in Bohol Institute of Technology and the next year at San Beda College. He then transferred to UST High School for his third year and onto Far Eastern University (FEU) where he finished high school in 1948. In college, while obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, he wanted to be independent so he continued working as a sales clerk at Tabora Weaving Supply, whose owner Jose Yang was a friend of his Ninang. At this time, he no longer lived with Dr La’o Conde. After second year college, he became a security guard of Enriquez Security Agency that was owned by a sister of his mother. He went to the University of the East (UE) for a Bachelor degree in Business Administration. UE is also where his then girlfriend, Amalia, studied. He would meet at UE students who also became policemen, Zosimo Balagtas and Antonio Cabangon Chua. He developed lifelong friendships with the two men. Retired Philippine Constabulary Colonel Balagtas went on to become his chief of staff in the Senate while Cabangon Chua became a colonel in the Armed Forces of the Philippines reserve and a business magnate. While he was active in the police force, he took up law and passed the bar in 1963, thereafter signing the Roll of Attorneys on March 6 1964. He obtained his Masters degree in National Security Administration at the National Defense College of the Philippines in 1981.

Marriage and Family Life

First Marriage

Edo Lim married Amalia Santos, who was also a sales clerk at a plastic flower shop along Tabora. Like him, she also studied Commerce at UE. The year was 1950, the year he graduated from college, and took and passed the first civil service exams for patrolmen. The young couple brought up their family of four girls, two of which were twins, and four boys at Sgt. Mabagos Street in Tondo, in a two-storey semi-concrete house owned by Amalia’s family. Edo and Amalia’s children are Rogelio, nicknamed Roland, Alfredo Junior, Cynthia, Nestor, Cristy, Manny, who would later be arrested for possession of illegal drugs, and the twins Marivic and Marilet. Lim was a disciplinarian but a good father. Amalia would sell merienda in her little store at the ground floor of their house.

Just as when the house could no longer accommodate the Lim’s growing kids, it burned down. It was rebuilt as a three-storey residence. Lim kept his family life very private even though he was always present in Sunday get-togethers of his batch. This was because he worried too much about their safety and that his family would be made to pay for his crusade against criminality. Later on, he was able to convince his wife to migrate with their children to America for their safety. He would save for plane fare so that he could come and visit them. His goal was to rise in the service and resign with enough money so that he can bring his family back home again.

Family Matters Most

Mayor Lim's first wife died in 1994 but he is now married to his second wife with whom he has four children. He is a pro-life advocate who claims never to have used contraceptives. On an interview in 2012, Mayor Lim admitted to emotional moments when talking about his grandmother Flora and that he considers her death as the biggest blow in his life. He had adored her so, and she was the only person who loved him most in this world, who took care of him and thought him the moral values by which he lived all his life.

Bulacan Roots

National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin wrote a book on the life of Alfredo Siojo Lim, May Langit Din Ang Mahirap, which was published in 1998. Alfredo Siojo Lim’s ancestry can be traced to the old town of San Miguel de Mayumo, the root of his love for Tagalog. His ancestor, a Chinese from the mainland named Sio Ho, wooed Maria Josefa, a pure Tagala in San Miguel. Juan Siojo, one of the many children of Sioho, put up his residence in San Miguel and became an inventor and ammunition-maker. In the mid-19th century, the Siojos were the richest family in San Miguel. During the Philippine Revolution , the estates were divided among the children of Juan Siojo that included Bernardo, the father of Rosario and Mayor Lim’s grandfather. Bernardo was not interested in his share of the family properties and was therefore left without it. He and his wife, Flora, were contented with their earnings as merchants of Pangasinan rice.

Police Life

Start of Police Career

The timing of Fred Lim’s entry into the police force in December 1951 was one of great changes in the manner of the recruitment of police personnel. His was the first batch of policemen who had civil service eligibility. It used to be that a mayor would pick his own protégés in order to create his own police force. This practice was prone to abuses. Hence, to stop the abuses, the Civil Service administered the first eligibility exams for patrolmen in 1950 and the exams passers were announced in 1951. Those who passed were still appointed by the mayor and still obey orders under him but were no longer his protégés. It was Mayor Manuel de la Fuente who appointed Lim and his batchmates as patrolmen but the mayor lost to Arsenio Lacson and though these patrolmen were civil service eligible, had passed qualifying exams, appointed and then sworn into office, incoming mayor Lacson regarded them as “midnight appointees” by his rival. The entire batch had to hurriedly take an exam at the lobby of police headquarters. Lim passed within the top ten and all of them passed the exams. In February 1952, Lim graduated at the top of his class at the Manila Police Training School, which was beside the Manila Police District headquarters at the corner of Isaac Peral (the present United Nations Avenue) and San Marcelino Street . Professors on law and ordinances then were police veterans such as Commanders Enrique Morales, Eliseo Vibar, Pedro De la Paz, Banana and David. The rule in the force then was start from the bottom unlike at present when you can start your police career as a major or colonel.

From Patrolman to General

As patrolman, Lim was assigned briefly to foot patrol at the San Nicolas area of Binondo for more than a year until Iking Morales became chief of the Detective Bureau and took in Fred Lim in his unit at the mayor’s office in City Hall. The Bureau was where Lim would spend the next 15 years of his life engaged in investigation of cases of theft and homicide and in intelligence work, and where he would earn his stars. He would often take periodic exams administered by the Civil Service. The marks he would get and his industry assured his advance in the force. Lim, who was now called Fred, was very straight though hotheaded, particularly over abuses by the powerful against the weak. His friends related that he would cool down easily and forget about what made him angry. He once berated Mayor Ramon Bagatsing because the latter insulted him but the mayor did not retaliate. However, it was at the time of Mayor Bagatsing that Lim’s police career stalled. The mayor must have thought that his loyalties were still with former mayor Villegas. He lost his precinct and the official vehicle assigned to him, and was herded together with other officers identified with former mayor Villegas. He was given tasks which were meant to demoralize him. He was assigned to act as a parking attendant for their UN Avenue headquarters, assigned the maintenance of headquarters and its annex, to direct traffic at City Hall, Plaza Lawton and UN Avenue headquarters. For 12 years, Lim survived the ordeal that was not able to break his spirit. In 1983, Lim’s friends, Zosimo Balagtas and Jimmy Alfonso were able to intercept a letter that was about to be transmitted to then President Marcos, which could have spelled the end of his career. Lim wrote to then Philippine Constabulary (PC) Chief General Fidel Ramos to request for an investigation into the allegations written in the letter against Lim. A fact-finding team was created and after a probe was done, Lim was cleared of all charges. In March 1984, Lim was assigned to the [[|Philippine National Police Academy|National Police Academy]] in Camp Vicente Lim. After six months, he was told to report to General Ramos and that was when Ramos sprung a surprise on him, a letter of promotion to Brigadier General signed by then president Marcos. In 1985, he assumed command of the Northern Police District.

Rise through the Police Ranks

  • With MPD
    • Patrolman, 1952
    • Detective, 1953
    • Detective Corporal, 1958
    • Police Sergeant, 1962
    • Police Sergeant, Outstanding Policeman of 1967
    • Police Lieutenant, 1967
    • Police Captain, commander of Precinct 5 in Santa Ana, Manila, 1968
    • Police Major
    • Police Lieutenant Colonel
    • Police Colonel, 1971
    • Police Brigadier General, 1984, Northern Police District Superintendent
    • Police Brigadier General, May 2 1986, Western Police District Superintendent

Role in the EDSA Revolution of 1986

On February 22 1986, then AFP Vice Chief of Staff and PC Chief General Fidel Ramos and then National Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile had announced via a press conference that they were withdrawing their support for then President Ferdinand Marcos, declaring an open rebellion against the latter whom they do not now consider as “being a duly constituted authority. Then Brigadier General Lim was under General Prospero Olivas’ command. Olivas secretly pledged the PC-INP under his command. This was crucial since he was also directly receiving commands from Marcos and then AFP Chief of Staff Fabian Ver. By 9PM of the 22nd, Cardinal Sin had already called on the people via Radio Veritas to support Ramos and Enrile. News came from all over that opposition leaders would be picked up, Martial Law was to be declared again, Cabinet members would be arrested and Veritas, Malaya and Inquirer would be closed down. By 10:30 pm, Marcos went on live television to announce that he was in control of the situation, that a conspiracy involving Enrile and Ramos in which there was an attempt on his life had failed. He called on the two “conspirators” to stop being foolish and to surrender. If they would not surrender, he threatened to annihilate them. The ailing Olivas’ orders were to silence Radio Veritas because it was inciting large crowds to gather at the Camps. He assured his superiors that the orders would be carried out but they never were. Enrile denied the assassination conspiracy and belied that there was an AFP officer named Morales who had acted under orders from him and Ramos. After Marcos called Olivas for the fifth time to disperse the EDSA crowds at past midnight of February 23, Olivas told Marcos that he was undermanned and was in turn told to contact General Josephus Ramas for reinforcements but he never contacted Ramas. In the afternoon of February 23, General Lim was told to go to EDSA with his troops and army crowd dispersal units and to disperse the crowds at all costs. At EDSA, he called up his superior General Olivas but the latter was sedated and could not be disturbed on doctor’s orders. While he was in a quandary, a call from General Ramos was put through to him. When Ramos found out that the orders to Lim were to disperse the crowds, Ramos told him that all will be wiped out because the army unit, without Lim’s knowledge, had brought heavy weapons. Lim chose to stay put and did not obey orders to disperse the crowds. By evening of the 23rd Ramos announced a new Armed Forces of the Philippines. He named six field Brigadier Generals who had joined his forces, apart from the four Brigadier General police superintendents in Metro Manila that included Lim and a number of lieutenant colonels and colonels.

Role in the Mendiola Massacre

On January 22 1987, thousands of farmers led by Jimmy Tadeo marched towards Malacañang to demand the implementation of genuine land reform. Before they reached Malacañang twelve marchers were killed, 39 had gunshot wounds and 12 had minor injuries in what came to be known as the Mendiola Massacre. The Supreme Court ruled that the parties civilly liable for the deaths are the public officials who were found to have overstepped their authority and not the State. The Citizen’s Mendiola Commission tasked by then president Corazon Aquino to investigate on the incident recommended administrative sanctions to be imposed on military and police officers who failed to direct the dispersal effectively. Lim was then Police Brigadier General of the Western Police District and its civil disturbance control units were activated with other units for Oplan Yellow, a taskforce activated in anticipation of a civil disturbance resulting from the farmers’ march. He was one of the officers investigated for their role in the incident. Lim denied having given orders to fire at victims and instead recalled a certain Major Jaymalin as the one who gave the order. He was referring to Major Felimon Gasmin, head of the Marine civil disturbance control battalion from Fort Bonifacio, who was investigated by the Commission along with him.

Political Life

Mayor of Manila (1992-1998)

In 1992, he beat six opponents in the election to become mayor of Manila. As mayor, he worked on a strong law and order program which lessened crime. Lim also worked on some projects to improve the city's image which had been bad when he assumed office. He pushed reforms in the city government. He was re-elected in 1995.

1998 Presidential Candidate

He ran a failed bid for the presidency as the Liberal Party nominee in the 1998 election, garnering 8.7% of the vote and finishing fifth in a field of eleven candidates. Sometime during the Estrada administration, Lim served as Secretary of Interior and Local Government. But his stint was cut short when Estrada left office in early 2001.

Senator (2004-2007)

He was elected Senator in the 2004 election. As a senator Lim introduced legislation to bring back mandatory ROTC, but this bill did not receive any co-sponsors.

Mayoralty Candidate in Manila

He ran for the mayorship in the City of Manila in the 2007 elections with his running mate Manila Fifth District Rep. Joey Hizon. He won the said election against Arnold Atienza, the son of the previous mayor of Manila (Jose L. Atienza, Jr.).

Mayor of Manila (2007-2010, 2010-present)

He took his oath of office on June 30, 2007. Under the governance slogan "Linisin, Ibangon (ang) Maynila" (Clean, Uplift Manila, hence the acronym LIM), he is currently assisted by Manila vice mayor Isko Moreno, who beat Lim's running mate Joey Hizon. Moreno ran with Danny Lacuna, a former Manila vice mayor.

Shortly after assuming office, Lim gave the go-signal for the removal of squatters in Quiapo, Manila's notorious “Little Vietnam”. The eviction will start of July 6, 2007, after a dialogue with imams (religious leaders) and village leaders who signified their approval, to clean the area of alleged killings and illegal drug activities. Meanwhile, Canadian Ambassador Peter Sutherland, said his government already had a number of programs for Muslims in Mindanao. Lim stated that "he would also make representations at the Supreme Court to see if a Sharia court could be established in the city, where 4,000 families lived in the Islamic Center alone".<ref>, Manila mayor orders ‘Little Vietnam’ torn down</ref> On July 13, 2007, Lim rejected the designation of Rosales as Manila police chief and ordered current MPD director Senior Superintendent Danilo Abarzosa to remain at his post.<ref>, Lim: Acting Manila police chief stays</ref>

PNP chief Director General Oscar Calderon (July 16) asked Lim to recall his "open-Mendiola" policy to prevent militants from marching there. PNP would recommend having protesters take their rallies to freedom parks. Upon assuming his post last June 30, Lim ended the ban on Mendiola by his predecessor Jose Atienza Jr., later modifiying the policy by allowing rallies at Mendiola on weekends and holidays. Calderon warned that if Lim will not change his position, the PNP will enforce the "no permit, no rally" policy.<ref>GMA NEWS.TV, PNP asks Lim: Recall 'open-Mendiola policy'</ref> Lim formally reopened (July 14) the portion of Avenida Street to traffic, some years after Atienza Jr. blocked it off in favor of pedestrians. There were no traffic lights or signs, or traffic aides to guide motorists, pedestrians and commuters (the new traffic scheme in the Sta. Cruz district in downtown Manila) except for concrete barriers of the MMDA. Neither were there pedestrian lanes or traffic signs urging motorists and drivers to slow down at intersections.<ref>GMA NEWS.TV, No traffic aides, lights as Avenida reopened to traffic</ref>

Lim also ordered the removal of all business establishments, including bars and restaurants, in the Baywalk area along Roxas Boulevard (also another Atienza project) in an attempt to make the area a "wholesome park for everyone", with an unobstructed view of the famed Manila sunset. Lim claims that many of these establishments have no business permits and were selling liquor, which is a violation of applicable city ordinances.<ref>, No more bars, restos at Baywalk</ref>

On December 17, 2007, Alfredo Lim told MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando not to conduct its sidewalk clearing operations in Manila since vendors were allowed to sell on sidewalks for humanitarian reasons. Lim stated: "I jokingly told Chairman Fernando that they are welcome anytime but I cannot guarantee their safety. Their problem is how they will get out." <ref>Abs-Cbn Interactive, Lim to BF: Enter Manila at your own risk</ref>

On March 14, 2008, Alfredo Lim's son, Manny Lim, 44, a businessman, with 2 suspects were arrested in a hotel on Tomas Mapua Street by PDEA operatives during a buy-bust operation in Binondo. Manny had in his possession 100 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu worth P600,000.<ref>, Mayor Lim’s son arrested on drug charge</ref>

Lim and Reynato Puno, on July 9, 2008, re-launched the Supreme Court’s "Justice on Wheels (JOW) Project", to improve access of justice to the poor. The Manila City Jail was built for only 1,000 inmates but is now crammed with 4,602.<ref>, Supreme Court moves to declog Manila jails of overstaying inmates</ref><ref>, Mobile court resolves 20 cases in one day</ref><ref>, SC, Manila Gov’t Team Up in Increasing Access to Justice</ref>

Manila councilor Dennis Alcoreza, on July 17, 2008, filed human rights complaints before the Commission on Human Rights, against Lim, and other Manila officials. Alcoreza accused Lim of forced body removal off the slaughterhouse on July 11, and illegal dispersal of protest.<ref>, Councilor files raps vs Lim, Manila execs before CHR</ref> Meanwhile, 24 Manila city councilors resigned from their posts as members and heads of the different committees, prompting a reorganization. The councilors unanimously denounced the violent treatment by Lim's Manila Police Department (MPD) towards Alcoreza during the city government’s takeover of the Tondo Vitas Slaughterhouse leased to Dealco Farms Inc.<ref>Manila councilors quit, committees over slaughterhouse row</ref>

In October 2008, Lim made ROTC training mandatory for all students at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) and City College of Manila (CCM), both city owned colleges.<ref></ref>

Resignation as President of PMP

Lim, on August 20, 2008, resigned as head of Joseph Estrada’s Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (Partido ng Masang Pilipino - PMP) following a PMP’s executive committee resolution removing him as president of the party. He was replaced by Joseph Estrada who is also the PMP chairman.<ref>, Lim resigns as PMP president</ref><ref>, Mayor Lim resigns from Estrada party</ref>

Role in Luneta Grandstand Hostage-Taking

On August 23 2010, former police officer Rolando Mendoza hijacked a tourist bus full of tourists from Hongkong in order to make demands on the government about a case against him at the Ombudsman that led to his dismissal from service. The government’s failure to negotiate properly with Mendoza led to the killing of eight hostages and of Mendoza himself after almost ten hours of stand-off. Justice Secretary Leila De Lima was tasked to lead an investigation on the incident and determine whose negligence led to the tragedy. Her committee, the Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IIRC), found out that there were lapses on Mayor Lim’s part that led to the failed resolution of the hostage-drama, thereby recommending the filing of administrative and criminal cases against him and other officials. Malacañang, however, declared Lim’s liability was neglect of duty and misconduct.

Issues with Vice Mayor Domagoso and former Manila Mayor Jose Atienza

Dismissal of Casual City Council Employees

When Mayor Lim appeared as a guest in ANC's HeadstartLink title in 2012, he was interviewed by Karen Davila about the issue of City Hall employees under the Office of the Vice Mayor, who claimed to have been terminated and not to have received their salaries. Mayor Lim explained that the City of Manila received a memorandum from the Commission on Audit in February 2012 informing them that they have exceeded their allowable budget for personnel services in the year 2011. The city government was given three days to act. Mayor Lim met with the accountant, treasurer, budget and finance officers of city hall and their advice was to slash the number of personnel. He related that at the executive department, 770 casual employees were terminated. He requested Vice Mayor Domagoso to follow his lead and terminate 714 employees from his office. He asked Domagoso to provide a list of those to be terminated and those to be retained from their pool of casuals, consultants and researchers but Domagoso did not provide a list. Nor did he slash the number of employees at the Council. When Mayor Lim requested for a record of these employees from the personnel department, he found out that the Council was not submitting the personal data sheets and appointment papers of its employees. On receiving salaries, whereas Office of the Mayor employees fall in line for their pay and affix their signature on the sheet provided by the paymaster as they are handed their pay, the City Council, which Vice Mayor Domagoso presides over, receives their cash advance and payroll from the paymaster and tells the paymaster that they would take care of gathering the signatures of those who would receive their pay. This practice was revealed by the city treasurer. On learning about this, Mayor Lim issued an order by which all in the payroll should form a line before the paymaster so that they would know who is receiving the salary on the payroll. But the City Council did not comply and according to Mayor Lim, they were now spreading rumors such as “ginugutom ko, pinahihirapan ko ‘yong tao nila.” Mayor Lim decided to terminate 714 employees from the Vice Mayor’s office himself. Twenty-eight employees from the council filed a case against Mayor Lim for terminating them without due process. The Regional Trial Court ruled in favor of the employees. However, Lim has not complied pending a motion filed with the Court of Appeals. He gave his assurance that as long the complaining employees comply and produce personal data sheets and fall in line, they would get their pay.

Allegations About a Manila Bay Reclamation Project

Via ANC Lim responded to the accusations of former Mayor Lito Atienza that the famed Manila Bay sunset view will no longer be enjoyed because of Mayor Lim’s reclamation project. Mayor Lim belied that it was a reclamation project. Instead, the project was going to be a mini-fisherman’s wharf copied from San Francisco California and would only take up a 40-meter wide space and and the length going out 10-meters to the bay. The wharf would be on stilts and no land would be reclaimed and on it would be installed restaurants and souvenir shops. It would be located opposite Rajah Sulayman Park.

External Link

Mayor Lim’s official twitter account has been reported as trending on September 1 2012 with 54,073 followers. As of February 26 2013 his followers have grown to 79, 122. [1] For a more comprehensive record of his achievements, one may visit his official website [2] and his facebook account. [3]

Latest Update

Pandacan Oil Depot

In October 2012, because Mayor Lim’s veto of the council ordinance no. 8283 which sought to reclassify the land where the oil depot is located as commercial instead of heavy industrial was overruled by the council, Lim issued a second veto which would escalate the concern to the level of the national government.

Squabble Over Bingo

Mayor Lim was implicated by Vice Mayor Isko Moreno in the arrest of the latter and five councilors running under Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino on February 16 2013. Isko’s group was collared by the police for holding a bingo game in a public place. Mayoral candidate Joseph Estrada, Moreno’s running mate, accused Lim of dirty tricks. Lim denied having a hand in the arrest of Isko’s group and added that if the arrest was illegal, an illegal order from the mayor cannot be enforced by the police; that maybe it was Erap who was guilty of giving illegal orders to the police when he was still San Juan mayor. Moreno, Francisco Domagoso in real life, revealed that Lim had allowed the holding of bingo games for fundraising in which bingo cards were sold for P10 each. He cited Presidential decree 1602 which according to him Lim has violated. Lim explained by referring to Republic Act 9287, saying that if bingo is held as a “family affair”, inside the house and only for fun and entertainment, it is not illegal.

The Fourth Alfredo Lim Biopic

The fourth movie on the life of Alfredo Lim “Alfredo S. Lim: The Untold Story” opens on Wednesday, February 27 2013 a month before the official start of the campaign period for local posts and the banning of movies about the life of a candidate. Lim denied that the movie will be shown to help his cause for re-election. Cesar Montano who plays Lim in the movie was inspired by Lim’s life story from Lim's childhood, which had its share of tragedies, and the events in Lim's life that made Lim the man he is today. Posts on a Youtube trailer of Mayor Lim’s biopic vary. A detractor of Lim’s movie sees Lim as having a Messianic complex while another pledges support as long as Manila is cleaned up. A fan tweeted that she will be watching the movie.

Second Face-Off with Erap

Lim, whose career as a cop earned him the moniker Dirty Harry would be up against mayoralty candidate Joseph Estrada, whose most famous role is that of Asiong Salonga, once touted as Tondo’s kingpin. Estrada had beaten Lim to the presidency of the Philippines in the 1998 Philippine general elections. Lim only placed fifth and conceded to Estrada before the final results were out.

Maverick in Disaster Risk Reduction

Francis Tolentino, Metro Manila Development Authority chairman, at the inauguration of Manila’s Disaster Center in Del Pan, Tondo in February 2013 praised Lim for being the first city mayor to address the need for a temporary shelter for disaster victims, the most recent being those who survived the Parola fire of Tondo. Lim did this at a time when Tolentino was still initiating steps into making a centralized evacuation center a requirement for all cities and municipalities.

Leadership Style

"The Law Applies to All, Otherwise None at All" is Mayor Lim’s personal motto. If his predecessor’s project is a good one, he will sustain it and if possible build on it.


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Preceded by
Antonio M. Carpio
NBI Director
1989 – 1992
Succeeded by
Epimaco A. Velasco
Preceded by
Ronaldo Puno
DILG Secretary
2000 – 2001
Succeeded by
Jose Lina, Jr.

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