President Rodrigo Duterte is “feeling much better” now. Malacañang stated this as his doctor ruled out any surgical procedure to deal with his back pain.
Salvador Panelo, the spokesperson for Duterte, said the President had been diagnosed with muscle spasms and advised his physician to relax, stop standing or walking for a long time, as well as to take medications to relieve him of the pain caused by muscle spasms.
The Palace Speaker said the President underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and medical assessment on Wednesday after he cut off his trip to Japan on Tuesday due to unbearable pain in his spinal column as a result of a motorcycle mishap last week.
The attending physician said that there is a strong likelihood that these events may have induced, or likely exacerbated, the ongoing discomfort he is suffering from in his lower back. Nevertheless, Panelo said the public need not worry about the health of the President.
He said the President would even meet with China’s Vice Prime Minister Hu Chunhua on Thursday to address, among others, some of the country’s infrastructure projects under Chinese financing.
Despite the somewhat diminished physical profile of the President, he will continue to perform his presidential duties, which include attending to local and foreign engagements in the coming days, with the same passion and dedication, in adherence to the constitutional mandate to serve and protect the Filipino people.
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