In a lunch meeting, Moreno sought Lim’s advice on handling the city’s peace and order, city officials and free basic services, among others.

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‘Dirty Harry’ and ‘Batang Maynila’ shake hands at the end of an intimate lunch meeting where they agreed to work together for a better Manila. (JERRY S. TAN)

Lim told Moreno that the police and the city officials usually take their cue from their leader, explaining that their attitude towards work will greatly depend on the behaviour being displayed by the mayor himself.

On this, Moreno told Lim that he had already made it clear to the police that he wants the use of main streets to be given back to the pedestrians and motorists so that the usual bottleneck areas which are considered as main thoroughfares such as Divisoria-Recto and Reina Regente up to Asuncion have already been cleared of vendors who, according to him, have lorded over the streets for the past recent years.

Moreno also said that he had been receiving complaints that public utility vehicles, particularly jeepneys, have to cut their trips due to the difficulty of wading through traffic, to the detriment of the riding public.

‘Yung mga commuters, lalo na matatanda, kinakailangang maglakad nang mahaba dahil sa mga nagka-cutting trip na jeep. Tapos ‘yung kawawang matanda, hindi rin makakalakad nang diretso sa pupuntahan dahil nga puno ng vendors ang kalsada. Pag minalas-malas baka madukutan o mapitasan pa ng hikaw,’ Moreno said.

The two thanked each other for the time they spent on the said meeting, which came on the initiative of Moreno who said he wanted to reach out to Lim and gain from his expertise in handling the city’s affairs. Moreno noted that Lim handled Manila longest, having served four terms, from 1992 to 1998 and again from 2007 to 2013.

For his part, Lim also thanked Moreno for reaching out and for thinking that his advice would matter and be beneficial to his administration.

Both agreed that a lot has to be done to bring Manila back to its feet, given its current traffic and fiscal condition.

Moreno said among the problems the city currently faces is its over P200 million debt to GSIS.

In a letter dated March 1, 2019, the GSIS reportedly reminded the city government of outstanding liability of P204,215,076.45, representing employee contributions that had not been remitted since outgoing Mayor Erap Estrada took office in 2013.

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