New MMDA Chair: “Let’s Go Back to Basics”

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chair Danilo Lim Photo ©

NEWLY-appointed Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Danilo Lim on Wednesday formally took over the reins of the agency and vowed to alleviate the problems confronting Metro Manila by going back to the basics.

Lim, a retired Brigadier General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, was appointed MMDA chair by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Aside from going back to the basics, Lim pledged to eradicate corruption in the agency by instilling and implementing strict discipline among its employees.

“I ask for the support and cooperation of everybody.  I am not here to make anybody’s life difficult.  Let us all work together for a better Metro Manila, “Lim said during an initial meeting with MMDA officials and directors during his first day of work.  There was no official turnover ceremony as the post of chairman was vacant.

During the meeting, Lim ordered an audit of all existing equipment, vehicles, and personnel of the agency.  He said he would also look into previous contracts and other transactions the agency has entered into.

According to Lim, he will initially concentrate on Metro Manila’s traffic problems and will see to it that the laws are being enforced strictly by the traffic enforcers.       

“At this time, I will not be introducing any fancy traffic scheme. By going back to basics I meant strict adherence to our existing laws, practicing a culture of discipline, road courtesy, and changing the habits of the people”

Lim, who failed in his bid to become a senator during the 2010 election, was appointed by then President Benigno Aquino III as the Bureau of Customs deputy commissioner for intelligence. He resigned from his appointment in July 2013 immediately after the customs bureau was cited for rampant corruption by BS Aquino in his State of the Nation Address.

Lim, who hails from Nueva Vizcaya, was a member of Philippine Military Academy Class of 1978 and a graduate of the prestigious West Point Military Academy in the United States. He was part of the 2007 Magdalo siege of the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati City, a failed attempt to overthrow Lim’s PMA class’ adopted mistah, then Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Lim also participated in the 1989 coup d’etat against then President Corazon Aquino, mother of former President Benigno Simeon Aquino, as a key member of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM). He spent almost four years in prison before being released by the Armed Forces of the Philippines in 2010.

Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK
A former reporter of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Standard Today, and a regular columnist of the Metro Manila based daily tabloid newspaper Hataw; Nelson Flores is also the former Senior Associate Editor of the Houston based Fil-Am Press and former anchor of dzXL and dzRJ's weekend talk show Usaping Bayan. Mr. Flores has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Law degrees from the University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University and a holder of a study certificate from the Diocesan House of Studies, Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI). He is a Freemason and member of Reagan Lodge 1037 in Houston Heights under the jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas and a member of the Missionary Society of Christ the King (MSCK).

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