Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chair Danilo Lim passed away on Wednesday morning after suffering a heart attack about a week after he tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
He was 65 years old.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed the news noting that Lim passed away at 8 a.m.
“MMDA Chair Lim served the Duterte Administration with professionalism, competence, and integrity. He would be dearly missed,” Roque said.
In a Viber message to reporters, MMDA Public Affairs Director Sharon Gentalian said Lim’s cause of death was a heart attack.
On Dec. 29, Lim said in a Facebook post that he tested positive for Covid-19 after taking a routine swab test the previous day.
“It turned out that I was positive for Covid-19 despite being careful and following health protocols at all times. This only shows how bad Covid-19 is and how everyone is susceptible,” Lim said in Filipino.
Born Danilo Delapuz Lim on June 2, 1955, he was a brigadier general of the Philippine Army before he joined the Duterte administration as the MMDA chief, replacing acting chair and general manager Thomas Orbos. CURRENTPH