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Duterte admits he’s in ‘perpetual pain:’ The intensity is 7 out of 10 any day

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President Rodrigo Duterte admitted Wednesday he’s in “perpetual pain” since he was involved in a motorcycle accident in his younger years.

In a speech before local politikos in Cebu Tuesday (August 21), Duterte pointed to his injury as the reason why he’s averse to flying.

“Ngayon hindi ko na kaya talaga mag-lipad, nahihilo na ako. Eh because ‘yung sa disgrasya ng motor. I have a C4 and C7 na nag-impinge. That’s why I am in perpetual pain,” he said.

Duterte said that on any given day, the intensity of pain he feels reaches seven in a scale of one to 10.

The President said he had “come to terms” with his body since his doctor does not want to prescribe him painkillers and his common law wife, Honeylet Avanceña, has warned him against undergoing surgery.

“Yung asawa ko, nurse, marami siyang nakita na operations like that, procedures going awry. Mali-mali ba. Now you can never know,” he said.

Speculation about the state of Duterte’s health swirled after Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison claimed he had fallen into coma over the weekend.

Duterte disputed the allegation by appearing in a Facebook live video uploaded by Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go
Monday (August 20).

The President earlier said he had stopped taking the potent painkiller fentanyl because his doctor warned him against it following an overdose.

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