UE Graduate, Former Senator and Manila Mayor Lim Passes Away


The UE Community mourns the passing of one of its distinguished alumni and a former Senator of the Republic and Manila Mayor, Hon. Alfedo Siojo Lim, who passed away this Saturday, August 8, 2020, at the age of 90.

Born on December 21, 1929, In Tondo, Manila, Hon. Lim, also known by his nickname “Fred,” was a UE graduate twice over. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the UE College of Business Administration-Manila in 1951, and his Bachelor of Laws degree from the UE College of Law in 1963—later on passing the 1963 Philippine Bar Examination.

He also earned a Master in National Security Administration Degree, with honors, from the National Defense College of the Philippines in 1981, and a Doctorate degree in Criminology from the Philippine College of Criminology in 1996.

Hon. Lim served in the country’s police force for 30 years, rising from the ranks as a decorated law enforcer. In 1984, Senator Lim became the Superintendent of the Philippine National Police Academy. In January 1985, he was appointed Director of the Northern Police District, where he served until May 1986. He was then appointed as Director of the Western Police District (now the Manila Police District) from 1986 until his retirement in December 1989. He retired from the WPD with the rank of Police Major General.

Upon his retirement from the police force, Hon. Lim was appointed by then President Corazon C. Aquino as Director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

In 1992, he ran and won as Mayor of the City of Manila, going on to serve for two terms. During his stint as Mayor, he became known by the Hollywood-originating monicker “Dirty Harry,” due to his tough anti-crime policies against the city’s lawless elements and for cleansing its red-light district, among others. As mayor, he worked on strong law-and-order programs which lessened crime. He also worked on projects to improve the image of the nation’s capital.

Hon. Lim ran for President of the Philippines in 1998 under the Liberal Party, but lost to Joseph E. Estrada. During his break from politics, Senator Lim served as the host of the television crime documentary drama “Katapat, Mayor Fred Lim” on ABS-CBN.

In January 2000, Senator Lim was appointed by then President Estrada as Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). His stint as DILG Secretary, however, was cut short with the ouster of President Estrada in January 2001.

Hon. Lim went on to run and be elected as a Senator of the Philippines in the May 2004 elections under the opposition banner Koalisyon ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino (KNP).

In the 2007 elections, he ran and won again as the Mayor of Manila with his surname-based “Linisin, Ikarangal ang Maynila” campaign. He served anew as Manila Mayor until 2013.

A well-decorated law enforcement officer and public servant, Senator Lim received numerous awards throughout his career. In 1985, he received the Outstanding Achievement Medal for Professional Competence while serving as the PNPA Superintendent. In 1990, he was awarded by the Philippine Jaycees as the first Ten Outstanding Policemen of the Philippines (TOPP) Hall of Fame Awardee, after having received seven TOPP Awards. In the same year, the Consumers Union of the Philippines recognized him as the Most Outstanding Law Enforcer.

In 1992, then Mayor Lim was conferred the President Osmeña Outstanding Public Servant Award. In 1994, he was awarded the Dr. Jose Rizal Immortal Award by the Knights of Rizal. Also in 1994, he was awarded the Mayor of the First Peace City in Asia by the Rotary Club of Kooringal, Wagga Wagga, Australia. In 1997, he was awarded the Chino Roces Award and the Outstanding Filipino Award.

For his Alma Mater’s part, UE recognized the immense feats of Senator-Mayor Lim as one of its most illustrious alumni. In 2001, the University conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa. In 2006, during the celebration of UE’s 60th Foundation Anniversary or first Diamond Jubilee, he was recognized as one of Lualhati’s 60 Most Outstanding Alumni. In 2010, Senator Lim was among the first inductees into the UE Dean of the College of Law Alumni Honor Roll, on the occasion of the University’s 64th Foundation Anniversary.

The UE Alumni Association Inc. (UEAAI) likewise recognized Senator Lim with the UE Global Achiever Award in 2010, during the 1st UE Global Reunion in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Rest in peace, Warrior Alumnus Senator and Mayor Alfredo S. Lim. Thank you for your dedication and service to our country that is an epitome of the Warrior spirit!

[Includes info from the Senator-Mayor’s Senate website biography and official Facebook account]

Photo by Mr. Ronelle Socao from Hon. Lim’s official Facebook page

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