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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte is cutting short his visit to Japan “due to unbearable pain in his spinal column near the pelvic bone,” his spokesman said.

Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo attributed this to his motorcycle accident last week.

“He will return to the country early evening today, October 22, and will see his neurologist tomorrow, October 23, for consultation,” Panelo told reporters Tuesday.

The Palace official said Duterte will no longer grace the Emperor’s banquet this evening and has requested his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte to represent him and attend on his behalf.

“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 further said.

Panelo assured the Filipino people 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.”

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