Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman and retired Philippine Army Brigadier General Danilo “Danny” Lim on Wednesday morning passed away at age 65.

Lim announced on December 29, 2020 that he tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) despite being cautious and following health protocols. He reported mild symptoms.

According to the MMDA’s official statement however, Lim died due to cardiac arrest before 8 am today.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, extended Malacañang’s sympathy to the bereaved “family, loved ones and colleagues” of Lim.

“MMDA Chair Lim served the Duterte Administration with professionalism, competence, and integrity.  He would be dearly missed. May the perpetual light shine upon him, and may his soul, through the mercy of the Almighty, rest in eternal peace,” Roque continued. 

In a separate statement, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said that Lim was “instrumental in the Duterte Administration’s management and administration of key reforms, projects, and development programs throughout Metro Manila from 2017 up until his untimely death this year.”

“May his professionalism and integrity in working for the government inspire everyone, especially the person who will succeed him in his post, so that the positive growth and change in Metro Manila and our collective growth as a nation may continue,” Andanar added.

The Philippine Army also released a statement mourning the passing of their retired colleague. “He is an exemplary leader who dedicated his life in serving the people, even amidst this pandemic. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family,” Philippine Army Spokesman Col. Ramon Zagala said.

Lim is survived by his wife, Rebolusyonaryong Alyansang Makabansa (RAM) Partylist Representative Aloysia Tiongson-Lim and daughter Aika. 

(Krizzia Nieva)