(OCTOBER 23, 2019) – President Rodrigo Duterte’s back pain was caused by muscle spasms, his former aide said on Wednesday, eliminating the possibility of complications in the spinal column.
Senator Bong Go also belied allegations that Duterte and his team were ignored in Japan, noting all guests were treated equally during the enthronement rites.
“He is okay naman po. No need to worry at muscle spasms lang po iyon,” Go told Senate reporters in an interview, noting there was nothing worrisome in his Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) results.
A Facebook post circulating alleged the President’s back pain is just a ruse so he would not be assailed for having been “unceremoniously ignored” in Japan.
“There’s no truth. Lahat sila ay binigyan ng pare-parehong attention,” Go said. “Pangalawa, knowing the President, hindi nagpapa-importante si Pangulong Duterte–mas nanaisin niyang nasa likod lang siya at mago-observe.”
Duterte returned to the Philippines Tuesday evening, cutting his Japan trip short due to “unbearable” back pain in his spinal column near the pelvic area. Go said Duterte took a trip to the doctor after visiting the wake of former Senator and PDP-Laban founder Nene Pimentel.
The President was seen holding a cane during the enthronement rites for Japanese Emperor Naruhito. Go said the pain was “most likely” caused by his recent motorcycle fall.
“Ang ikinabahala namin at first ay kung tinamaan ang kanyang spine since it was unbearable pain ‘yung nararamdaman niya kahapon… Tinignan ng doctors kung may naipit na ugat, wala naman,” the senator said.
Inspite of this, Duterte will still attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit scheduled on Novermber 2 to 4 in Thailand. (Randell Ritumalta/MM)