Former general Danilo Lim appointed new MMDA chairman

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 20 2017 08:06 PM | Updated as of May 21 2017 12:49 AM

Retired Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim, appointed as the next Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman, served as customs deputy commissioner for intelligence in the previous administration. File/Rem Zamora, ABS-CBN News

MANILA — Retired Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim will be the next Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed on Saturday.

MMDA general manager Tim Orbos, meanwhile, will retain his position.

Lim served as customs deputy commissioner for intelligence under the administration of former President Benigno Aquino III, but resigned in 2013.

Lim is the latest former high-ranking military official to be appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte to join his administration. 

Other former military officials recently appointed by Duterte are: Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, who was the former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff, and current AFP chief General Eduardo Año, who is set to head the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). 

In 2010, Lim ran for a Senate seat as an independent candidate and eventually as part of the Liberal Party but lost. 

In 2006, Lim was jailed for his involvement in a military uprising against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, but was later granted amnesty by Aquino.

Lim also participated in a coup against Aquino’s late mother, then President Corazon Aquino, in 1989. — with a report from Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News