Friday, October 20, 2017

Ex-colonel Romeo Lim, key player in 1986 EDSA revolt, dies

From InterAksyon (Oct 19): Ex-colonel Romeo Lim, key player in 1986 EDSA revolt, dies


File photograph of retired Army colonel Romy Lim, taken when he was already a civilian and serving as consultant to senators and taking up various causes to improve communities. PHOTO COURTESY OF COL. ROMY LIM’S FAMILY

Retired Col. Romeo Y. Lim, former chief of staff of the Army’s elite First Scout Rangers Regiment and key player in the 1986 Edsa Revolution, died on Oct. 15.

Lim, a recipient of the Gold Cross medal and Distinguished Service Star award, was mentor to many other officers who excelled in the Armed Forces of the Philippines, including then Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim who is now Metro Manila Development Authority chairman.

Lim was chief of staff of then Brig. Gen. Felix Brawner, who headed the elite Army unit when the 1986 People Power revolt happened.

At the height of the bloodless revolution that toppled the Marcos dictatorship, Lim – with brilliant strategizing, psy-war, sheer courage and luck – helped prevent the First Scout Rangers Regiment (FSRR) from joining other pro-Marcos units.

This kept the highly-trained, highly-skilled Scout Rangers regiment based in Fort Bonifacio from providing support to Marcos’ forces.

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