One of Manila's well-loved public servants, Alfredo Lim, had reportedly succumbed to COVID-19 complications at age 90.
It could be recalled last Friday night, August 7, when his former chief-of-staff Ric De Guzman told the press that Lim contracted COVID-19.
By Saturday night, August 8, Lim's grandson, Paul Dela Cruz, announced his death on his official Facebook account.
"Lolo maraming maraming salamat sa lahat lahat ng bagay na binigay at naitulong mo sa akin para maging maganda at maayos ang buhay ko," he began his post. 'Maraming salamat din sa mga pinayo mo sakin lalo pag dalawa lang tayong mag kasama sa kotse na ngayon palang sobrang namimiss kita at naiisip kita everytime na nag ddrive ako."
Dela Cruz went on saying how he always looked up to his grandfather, who he says was beloved by many people.
"Napaka bait mong tao na binigay ni God sa buhay namin. Napaka laki ng utang na loob ko sayo na hindi ko mararating ang maraming mga bagay ng hindi dahil sayo," he went on.
"Mahal na mahal kita hindi ko man nasasabi sayo lagi yan pero ikaw ang isa sa pinaka importanteng tao sa buhay ko na mahal na mahal ko," Dela Cruz wholeheartedly went on. "Hinding hindi kita makakalimutan buong buhay ko."
"Paalam at maraming salamat lolo, tatay , idol , dirty harry , katapat Mayor ALFREDO LIM,” he then began to conclude.
Dela Cruz thanked everyone who has put to the former mayor in their prayers.
After three decades of serving as a police officer, he became director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) from 1989-1992.
From 1992-1998, he served as the 23rd Mayor of Manila. During his term, he earned the nickname "Dirty Harry" after his fierce and brave way of dealing with criminals.
After bowing down to his then-Vice Mayor Lito Atienza in the mayoralty race in 1998, he was given the position of Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the year 2000 by then-president Joseph Estrada.
He then served as Senator of the Republic of the Philippines from 2004 to 2007, opting not to finish his six-year term in the Senate to run as Manila mayor in 2007.
He continued to serve Manila with Isko Moreno as his Vice Mayor from 2007 to 2013.
He ran again for Manila Mayor in 2013 and 2016, losing both elections to Estrada with Moreno as the latter's running mate.
He tried his luck again in the 2019 midterm elections, wherein he and Estrada lost the race to Moreno.
Thank you for your many years of public service, Mayor Lim! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.