Rep. Martin and Mayor Lim are rare gems in politics

Three-term Leyte (1st District) Representative Ferdinand Martin Gomez Romualdez is making a comeback for the same position and is headed for a sure victory, given the kind of service that he and his entire family had been giving the Leytenos.

Among local politicians, Rep. Romualdez is one of the very few who are over-qualified.  Firstly, he is a brilliant lawyer as in fact he continues to be the president of the Philippine Constitution Association, otherwise known as the Philconsa.

He is also the national president of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats political party. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Cornell University  and three years later, in 1988, a Certificate of Special Studies in Administration and Management from Harvard University.  In 1992,  he earned his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines.

His work in his family’s foundations that constantly helped the needy without expecting anything in return endeared him to the citizens of Leyte who delivered an overwhelming victory for him when he finally decided to throw his hat into the political ring. In 1992, he started to serve as concurrent trustee and president of Doña Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Medical and Dr. Vicente Orestes Romualdez Educational Foundation and then in 1995, he started work as director and legal counsel for the CARPA Realty Development Corporation and as trustee for Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Medical Foundation.

The third child of Juliet Gomez-Romualdez and late Governor and Ambassador Benjamin ‘Kokoy’ Romualdez, Rep. Martin apparently took after his parents when it comes to being grounded and modest, despite his stature.

His being married to the beauteous Yedda Marie M. Kittilstvedt is a plus factor, since the latter is known as a staunch advocate of women’s and children’s rights.

Among the landmark works of Rep. Romualdez was when he authored House Bill No. 1039, which was enacted into law by President Benigno Aquino III as Republic Act No. 10754 or an act on expanding the benefits & privileges of people with disabilities.

Come to think of it, Rep. Romualdez does not actually need politics in his convenient life but he obviously feels that the help being given by their family foundations to Leytenos can reach even greater heights and extend to those outside of Leyte through bills such as the one he authored. Kudos!!  

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Just like Rep. Romualdez, another candidate oozing with qualities and credentials is Manila’s frontrunning mayoral candidate, Alfredo S. Lim, who happens to be the bet of the ruling PDP-Laban party headed by President Rodrigo Duterte as its chairman.

Lim, who had served the police service for 38 years, is a retired police general, a former chief of the Northern Police District and the Manila Police District, a former director of the National Bureau of Investigation, secretary of the Interior and Local Government and senator, among others.

He had served as mayor of Manila for four terms, from 1992 to 1998 and again from 2017 to 2013 and what he did in those years is no mean feat.

Among others, Lim did a first in the history of the entire country when he established the City College of Manila (now Universidad de Manila) to accommodate average students so they could get a college degree without having to spend a single centavo. The Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila was there when Lim first assumed office but the said university is only for high school students who graduate with honors. Now, countless have become professionals and are no longer poor because of the CCM and Lim continues to receive letters, cards and the like from families who expres gratitude to him.

Then of course, Lim is known for having ensured that the six districts of Manila each had a hospital that gave free hospital care, from simple consultation to the most complex surgeries and even take-home medicines.

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