Critics told President Duterte his honeymoon period is over

Critics of President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday called on the government to rethink the war on drugs and to stop the extrajudicial killings following the president’s 18-point drop in popularity rating, The Manila Times Online reported on Tuesday.

“If the huge decline of the President’s ratings is an indication of anything. It is this: Honeymoon is Over,” the Tindig Pilipinas multi-sector coalition said in a statement released Monday.

The group reiterated its call for the President to sign a waiver to allow a probe into his bank accounts as the people “expect nothing but the truth on the allegations of corruption, ill-gotten wealth, and drug smuggling facilitation leveled against him and members of his family.”

But the Malacanang Palace was not perturbed by the decline in the President’s net satisfaction rating in the quarterly Social Weather Stations survey.

“The love is still there. The change…is expected given the fact that people start measuring their expectations usually after the honeymoon period or after a year in office,” said palace spokesman Ernesto Abella.

However, senators from the majority and minority blocks agreed that the drop in satisfaction rating of President Duterte was a “wakeup call” for the government to seriously address corruption, poverty and police impunity.

One of the President’s fiercest critics, Senator Antonio Trillanes, said it was very encouraging to know that the Filipino people are beginning to see the light.

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said the survey results should serve a constructive challenge for the administration to do more for the Filipino people.

But Senator Panifilo Lacson said the rating drop was just “a part of the cycle of politics and shouldn’t be a cause for concern in Malacanang.”