Manila Mayor Lim joins Aquino family, nation in grieving for her lost

August 1, 2009 10:55 am 

MANILA, Aug. 1 — There will never be another Tita Cory.

Thus said Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim as he joined the Aquino family and the entire nation in grieving for the lost of the country’s icon of democracy, former President Corazon Aquino.

He said that the masses being offered for Mrs. Aquino at the Manila City Hall for the past two weeks while she was in the hospital will continue, this time for the "eternal repose of her soul."

Lim, a known associate and devout supporter of the former President, also called on the public to continue praying for her and her family.

“Let us all pray to God to give her family the strength they need in these trying times,” he said.

The mayor also praised Mrs. Aquino as a leader whose stewardship of the country was never tainted by any corruption.

The mayor also described the former President as an "epitome of righteousness", saying “what she stood for is against the might of the military, consisting of generals loyal to the dictatorship."

"I admire her for her audacity in standing up and fighting during the perilous times of Martial Law," he added.

Lim urged all public officials to "emulate her example and those on the wrong side of history should change and mend their ways, stick to their oath and follow after President Aquino’s sterling and shining example of good governance."

He expressed hope that the present and future generations may be educated about President Aquino, for them to emulate when they become future leaders of the land.

Lim’s closeness to the former President is rooted to the role he played during the EDSA People Power Revolution.

Not many people knew the fact that the EDSA People Power I could have not taken place at all had Lim, who was then chief of the Northern Police District (NPD), decided to disperse the then relatively manageable crowd that gathered at EDSA during the two days following the late Jaime Cardinal Sin’s call for the people to proceed to EDSA. At that time, then defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile and Gen. Fidel Ramos of the PC/INP were holed up in Camp Crame after defecting from then President Ferdinand Marcos.

When Lim received orders from the higher-ups to disperse the crowd at all cost, he defied the orders which he found as "illegal", and instead did everything to keep EDSA going.

The mayor also defended former President Aquino against several coup attempts launched against her particularly in 1987 and 1989, when he was chief of the then Western Police District (WPD).

He was later appointed by the former President as director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and later on convinced by Mrs. Aquino to run for mayor in Manila.

Lim, meanwhile, ordered the lowering of flags at half mast at the Manila Police District and City Hall and in all public school buildings in the city. (PNA)

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