FORMER Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim yesterday said he is not interested in joining debates and other fora intended to just make him argue and engage in a verbal tussle with any of his opponents.
Lim said this kind of activity will just be a waste of time and effort on his part and will not benefit Manilans in any way.
‘It’s easy to play with words, make promises or even lie. This is not how I intend to run my campaign,’ he said.
Instead, Lim said he will campaign based on his service record and accomplishments and what more he intends to do for the people of Manila once he becomes the city mayor again.
According to Lim, he is not running on mere promises and has concrete proofs of what he had done for the benefit of Manilans, specially the under-privileged, via his ‘womb-to-tomb’ program which he introduced in 1992 and where free services from pre-natal to death are given to residents. Lim served as mayor from 1992 to 1998 and again from 2007 to 2013.
Lim’s accomplishments are highlighted by the putting up of five public hospitals giving free treatment, hospitalization and medicines in addition to the already existing Osptital ng Maynila so that each of Manila’s six districts now has one hospital each. Under his administration, the City College of Manila (now Universidad de Manila) giving totally free college education was established to accommodate average students and in addition to the existing Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila which caters to honor students from public high schools.
Also, Lim had built a total of 485 free day care centers, along with 97 new buildings for public elementary and high school; 59 barangay health centers offering free medicines and treatment of minor illnesses; 12 lying-in clinics offering free delivery of babies for poor, pregnant women; 132 newly-made roads; free playgrounds and sports complexes and centralized disaster evacuation centers in Tondo and Baseco.
The former mayor said that when he wins, he will build more free city colleges and bring down real property taxes to their former rates.