Comebacking Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim will be filing his Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) wednesday morning.
Lim will be running for mayor in next year’s elections under the ruling PDP-Laban party headed by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte as its chairman and former Senate President Koko Pimentel as president.
Having served Manila as mayor from 1992-1998 and again from 2007-2013, Lim vowed to bring back all the free services he introduced in the city, highlighted by the provision of six hospitals -- one in each of the city’s six districts -- all offering free medical services and free college education via the City College of Manila (now Universidad de Manila).
Said free hospitals and tertiary education are known to form part of Lim’s flagship ‘womb-to-tomb’ program that he began in 1992. It is called as such because it provides the residents, specially the poor, with all the free services possible, from pregnancy to burial.
Lim, who, years ago, had stated that the country would be a better place if we had 20 Rodrigo Dutertes at a time when he and Duterte were still both mayors, vowed to launch a fierce campaign against criminality and corruption, pursuant to the policy of the Duterte administration.
A bemedalled former police officer who served in the police force for 38 years and held several high posts such as head of the then Northern Police District and the former Western Police District, was also a former senator, DILG secretary and NBI director, among others.
In an interview, Lim also called on his supporters to do everything within their means to help the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte succeed.
“Sa halip na bumatikos, gumawa tayo ng maliliit na hakbangin para makatulong. Ating alalahanin, na iisa lang ang ating bansa at ang pagtatagumpay ng namumuno sa ating bansa ay tagumpay nating lahat. Anumang maging kabiguan ng administrasyong ito ay kabiguan na tayo ding mga Pilipino ang siyang babalikat,” he said.
“Ako ay naniniwalang tunay na sinsero si Pangulong Duterte na linisin ang ating pamahalaan sa mga katiwalian at sa pagna-nais na tuldukan na ang iligal na droga sa bansa kaya sana ay suportahan natin siya. Aminin natin.
“Sa klase ng mga kri-minal at tigas ng ulo ng mga tao sa ngayon, kamay na bakal ang kailangan para mapatino ang ating bansa,” stressed Lim.
In that aspect, Lim assured that he is one with Duterte and said that his service record will speak for itself.