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Chiclet para sa sakit! Duterte chews gum to ease spinal pain

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There’s a health reason why President Rodrigo Duterte chews gum even in public events.

Duterte on Thursday (January 11) said he chews gum to ease the pain he feels in his spine.

“Bayaran mo lang ako chewing gum kasi it eases up the pain when I’m chewing. Nawawala ‘yung spinal ano ko. It eases a bit,” Duterte said in a speech during an event of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).

Duterte was seen chewing gum when he went to China in October 2016 to meet with Chinese officials.

The President earlier said the pain in his spine was due to a motorcycle accident he had in his younger years.

He admitted to taking fentanyl, a potent painkiller, to manage the pain, but stopped due to his physician’s warning he may be abusing the drug.