Malacañang mourned the passing of former senator and Manila mayor Alfredo Lim, who passed away Saturday at 90. 

“The nation, particularly the City of Manila, remembers Mayor Lim for his tough stance against criminality and drugs. He left a legacy of law and order to his constituents,” Palace spokesman Harry Roque said in a statement.

Lim served four terms as Manila mayor: two consecutive terms from 1992 to 1998 and two more from 2007 to 2013. 

He was head of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) from 2000 to 2001 and served as a senator from 2004 to 2007.

He earned the nickname “Dirty Harry” for his anti-crime campaigns during his mayorship.

“We pray for the repose of his soul as we keep the family of Mayor Lim in our thoughts and prayers during this time of great loss,” Roque said.

Lim was confirmed by Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso to have contracted Covid-19 on Friday.

Former Manila mayor Joseph “Erap”  Estrada also mourned Lim’s death.

“Ako po ay nalulungkot sa pagpanaw ng isang magiting na Alkalde ng Maynila, Mayor Alfredo Lim,” Estrada, who succeeded Lim in 2013, wrote in a Facebook post.

Estrada appointed Lim to the DILG.

“Naging magkatunggali man kami sa pulitika, alam ko na iisa lang ang aming hangarin, ang mabigyan ng magandang buhay ang mahihirap nating mga kababayan, lalo na ang Masang Manilenyo.” John Ezekiel J. Hirro