MANILA, Philippines – Former Manila mayor Alfredo Lim on Saturday denied rumors that he has left the city following his loss to former President Joseph Estrada in the May 13 elections.
In an interview with radio DZMM, Lim made it clear that he continues to work to ensure a smooth transition for Estrada, who was recently proclaimed the new mayor of Manila.
“Araw-araw, andoon ako sa Maynila. Alas-otso ng umaga, nagtatrabaho, nagpipirma ng mga papel, ginagawa ang kailangang gampanan na trabaho,” he said.
“Eh katunayan, nai-interview mo ako, ‘di ba? Pagpapatunay na ‘di ako umalis,” he added.
After trading insults with Estrada on live television early this year, Lim said he is willing to move on and lend a hand to the new mayor of Manila.
“All the time,” he said, when asked if he is willing to help his rival in serving the city.
But he had one condition: “Kailangan pag-upo nila eh magtrabaho sila.”
Meanwhile, Lim reacted to the portrayal of Manila in “Inferno,” Dan Brown’s newest book, saying that it should not be taken seriously.
“Eh ang alam ko fiction ‘yan eh. Eh ‘di ba ang fiction, creation ng imagination?” he said. “Aside from that, no comment na ako.”
In the novel, Manila was called the “gates of hell,” with its “six-hour traffic jams,” “suffocating pollution” and “horrifying sex trade.”