President Rodrigo Duterte can become "the best president" the country ever provided he stops acting like a mayor, Senator Panfilo Lacson said Saturday.
"He could very well be the best president we've ever had if he learns to discard some old habits of a mayor and develop some good traits of a national leader," Lacson said in a statement.
Lacson did not specify what these "old habits of a mayor" are, but said that it's time for Duterte to "become multi-dimensional" in 2017.
Duterte can still be the driving force behind the government's anti-drug war, but should also focus on other problems such as corruption, the former top cop said.
"Corruption in government is one area where he can really make a difference, owing to his political will and resoluteness in getting things done," Lacson said.
The senator said he wants the president to succeed to give the next generation of Filipinos a "nation worthy of respect from all the other countries in the world."
But for a start, "he (Duterte) can google 'how to become a real statesman' " first, Lacson said.