‘I’M running for Manila mayor and I intend to win. I am not backing out. Wish lang ‘yun ng mga kalaban ko.’
Thus declared comebacking Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim yesterday, after he was swamped with reports about rumors being circulated apparently by his political foes, that he has withdrawn from the mayoral race.
Lim said there is no reason for him to withdraw his candidacy in the midst of highly-encouraging survey results, number of people pledging continued support and most specially, the endorsement of his candidacy by no less than the ruling party, the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) headed by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte as chairman and Senator Koko Pimentel as president, which had declared him as the party’s official mayoral bet in Manila.
According to Lim, he sees the efforts to derail his candidacy as a proof that he is headed for a win. He said the rumors have been circulating in the city for weeks now and that he was forced to issue a statement once and for all instead of endlessly answering queries from friends and supporters who have expressed concern about what will happen to Manila if the rumors were true.
‘Siguro naman kung hindi maganda ang takbo ng kandidatura ko, hindi ako pagtitiyagaan na siraan at palabasing umatras na sa laban. Isa lang ang ibig sabihin nito. Malakas ang laban ko at mananalo ako,’ Lim said.
The former mayor said that he does not intend to get back at those spreading the rumors, play dirty tricks or engage in mudslinging, adding that he will campaign based on his performance or service record as city mayor who held the reins of the city for four terms.
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, as well as his ‘womb-to-tomb’ program which began in 1992 where free services from pre-natal to death are given to residents.
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.
Lim also had 485 free day care centers built along with 97 new buildings for public elementary and highschool; 59 barangay health centers offering free medicines and treatment of minor illnesses; 12 lying-in clinics offering free delivery; 132 newly-made roads; free playgrounds and sports complexes and centralized disaster evacuation centers in Tondo and Baseco.
Also under Lim, the real property taxes were low, even as he vowed to restore said taxes to the former rates.