Duterte back in PH after shortened Japan trip, to see doc Wednesday


Posted at Oct 22 2019 11:03 PM | Updated as of Oct 23 2019 11:51 AM

Soon after his arrival, Duterte proceeds to Nene Pimentel wake

(UPDATE) Nursing an aching spine, President Rodrigo Duterte flew in to the country Tuesday night from Japan as he cut short a scheduled 2-day trip after witnessing the enthronement of Japanese Emperor Naruhito.

Duterte arrived at 10:41 p.m. at Villamor Air Base, according to Sen. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go.

Shortly after his arrival, the President headed straight to the wake of former Senate President Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel Jr., at The Heritage Park in Taguig City.

PDP-Laban Spokesperson Ron Munsayac shared photos of Duterte paying his respect to party-mate Pimentel, one of the founders of the party.

Malacañang said Duterte had to come home early as he was experiencing "unbearable pain in his spinal column near the pelvic bone as a consequence of his fall during his motorcycle ride last week."

He is due to see a neurologist on Wednesday, presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said earlier Tuesday.

Duterte had just arrived in Tokyo Tuesday morning. 

He was able to witness the Japanese Emperor's enthronement rites but was "carrying a cane to assist him in his walk," Panelo said.

He missed the Emperor's banquet Tuesday night and his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, who also attended the enthronement ceremony, came in his place.

Duterte last week fell off his 650cc dirt bike after he made a sharp turn during a ride at the Malacañang compound, landing on his left elbow, according to former aide Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go.

Two other versions had Duterte falling off his parked bike as he tried to tie his shoe, and another where he reportedly bumped into an obstruction on his way out of a garage in the compound.

The President had suffered from a slipped disc due to an earlier motorcycle accident. He complained of spinal pain back in 2017.

Duterte, 74, also has myasthenia gravis, a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease.

The illness causes "weakness in the skeletal muscles, which are responsible for breathing and moving parts of the body, including the arms and legs," according to the US National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke.

He also has Buerger's disease, a cause of blockages in the blood vessels, associated with smoking during his youth.