Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman and retired Philippine Army Brigadier General Danilo “Danny” Lim has passed away. He was 65.

According to sources, he succumbed to a heart attack, but this is yet to be confirmed. As of publishing, it is also uncertain whether it was related to him testing positive for COVID-19 last December 29, as announced by a post on his official Facebook page.

Lim was appointed MMDA Chairman last 2017 by President Rodrigo Duterte, taking over the post of Thomas Orbos. Under Lim’s leadership, the MMDA has become more strict in implementing traffic rules and regulations to reduce vehicular congestion in Metro Manila. Lim also led the clearing of roads and side streets across Metro Manila to improve the traffic flow per the orders of the President. Subsequently, he also vowed to rid the agency of corruption when he was appointed.

One of the biggest challenges Lim faced as head of the MMDA was the numerous infrastructure projects implemented by the Department of Transporation’s Build Build Build program, which resulted in even greater traffic within the Metro. The agency also had to smoothen traffic flow on EDSA when the new bus lane was implemented last year.

Due to Lim's sudden passing, it is uncertain who will replace him as the new MMDA Chairman.

“The Palace expresses its deep condolences to the family, loved ones and colleagues of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Danilo Lim who died before 8 AM this morning at the age of 65. MMDA Chair Lim served the Duterte Administration with professionalism, competence and integrity. He would be dearly missed. May the perpetual light shine upon him, and may his soul, through the mercy of the Almighty, rest in eternal peace,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

This is a developing story.