Former Iloilo City councilor dies

ILOILO CITY — Former Iloilo City councilor Joshua Alim has died at the age of 57.

Alim died Saturday, January 15, due to cardiac arrest, according to his brother Judgie Caesar Alim.

Last year, Alim was hospitalized and was in critical condition. Days after he was discharged, he filed his certificate for candidacy (COC) as he tried to run again for city council.

Alim was already suffering from kidney disease. He was supposed to undergo kidney transplant in Ireland, where his wife and two children live.

A lawyer by profession, Alim was a city councilor for a combined 18 years. He was best known for crafting the city’s anti-smoking ordinance and the housing project for the urban poor.

“We were never together in most of my political battles, but I always respected you,” said Mayor Jerry Treñas in a statement.

Prior to his entry in politics, he was a member of the Iloilo media. He was a radio reporter and anchor for Bombo Radyo Philippines.

Alim was also a law professor and a realtor.