Spinal column pain cuts short Duterte Japan trip

October 22, 2019
Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Bong Go
President Rodrigo Duterte is seen leaning on a cane as he prepares to attend the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in Japan yesterday in this photo posted on Senator Bong Go’s Facebook page.

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte will come home from Japan sooner than expected “due to unbearable pain in his spinal column,” Malacañang disclosed yesterday.

“The Palace announces that the President will cut short his trip to Japan due to unbearable pain in his spinal column near the pelvic bone as a consequence of his fall during his motorcycle ride last Thursday, October 17,” presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

Panelo said Duterte would return to the Philippines early evening on Tuesday.

“[He] will see his neurologist tomorrow, (October 23), for consultation,” Panelo said.

Duterte left the country on Monday to attend the enthronement of Japanese Emperor Naruhito. He is supposed to return to the country on Wednesday.

“The Chief Executive will thus have to miss the Emperor’s banquet this evening at the Imperial Palace and has requested Mayor Sara Duterte to represent him and attend on his behalf,” he said.

In photos sent to the media, Duterte was seen using a cane while he was in Japan to attend the enthronement.

“The Palace, however, confirms that the President has attended the enthronement rites earlier today, albeit carrying a cane to assist him in his walk,” Panelo said.

“While this was unforeseeable, the public can rest assured that there is nothing to worry as regards the physical health and condition of the President as he gives serious priority thereto in actively serving our country,” he added.

According to the Palace, Duterte was just slightly injured when he fell off his motorcycle last week as he went for a ride inside the Presidential Security Group compound. The Palace even assured the public that the Chief Executive was okay in spite of the accident.