MMDA Chair Danilo Lim dies at age 65
MANILA – The Office of the President has expressed its condolences to the family, loved ones and colleagues of Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Danilo Lim who passed away shortly before 8:00 A.M. today.
Chairman Lim, a retired Scout Ranger General, died at age of 65.
CNN Philippines reported MMDA Chairman Lim, one of the government’s frontline agencies during the COVID-19 pandemic, tested positive for COVID-19 on December 29. The same media outfit quoted the retired general his symptoms were mild.
General Lim was one among the military commanders who led a failed coup d’etat versus then President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino in 1989 and was detained for two years until he was given amnesty by President Fidel V. Ramos.
He was also credited for the failed coup d’ etat against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2006 together Magdalo soldiers which included Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes. The late retired military officer was also involved in the brief Manila Peninsula “take-over” in 2007.
“MMDA Chair Lim served the Duterte Administration with professionalism, competence and integrity. He would be dearly missed,” Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said in a statement.
There were reports the MMDA top executive died of cardiac arrest at a hospital in Taguig City at about 7:00 A.M. today.
MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pielago confirmed the earlier reports of Chairman Lim’s death.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) still has to issue its statement as of this writing. (Melo M. Acuña)
MMDA Chair Danilo Delapus Lim (third from left) receives protective materials from the Chinese government last September 2020. (MMDA Social Media file photo)