President Rodrigo Duterte is set to return early from Japan to the Philippines due to “unbearable pain” in his back.
The Speaker of Duterte, Salvador Panelo, unveiled the developments after the President attended the inauguration ceremony for Japanese Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo on Tuesday afternoon.
Duterte left his hometown of Davao City on Monday night. He arrived in Tokyo early on Tuesday morning and was expected to travel back to the Philippines on Wednesday.
Panelo said Duterte would return to the Philippines early Tuesday night and consult his neurologist on Wednesday.
As a result, the President would have to skip the Emperor’s banquet at the Imperial Palace on Tuesday night and asked his wife, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, to represent him and to attend on his behalf, according to Panelo.
The Leader, however, was able to attend the Enthronement Ceremony even though he used a cane to assist him in his walk.
While this was unforeseen, the public can rest assured that there is nothing to worry about as regards the physical health and condition of the President as he gives serious priority to serving our country actively.
Last week, Duterte fell from his motorcycle inside the Malacañang complex, resulting in minor injuries, particularly light bruises and mild scratches, to his elbow.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah then expressed their concern for the 74-year-old Duterte, but Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin Jr. assured them that the President was all right.
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