President Duterte cuts short Japan trip due to ‘unbearable’ spinal pain

President Rodrigo Duterte is reportedly cutting short his trip to Japan due to unbearable pain on the spine. The President was able to attend the Japanese Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement rites, but will miss the Emperor’s banquet in the evening at the Imperial Palace.

“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 noted that President Duterte will return to the country early evening today, October 22, and will see his neurologist tomorrow, October 23, for consultation.

“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,” Panelo said.

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