MANILA—President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed Tuesday he was in pain due to the motorcycle accident he figured in last week, forcing him to cut his Japan trip short.
In a live video on Facebook, the President said he felt the pain while getting up from bed to brush his teeth during his stay in Japan for the enthronement rites of Emperor Naruhito.
"Lahat ng nagmo-motor sumesemplang, kagaya ng sa akin," Duterte said as his former aide, Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go recorded his message.
(Everyone who rides a motorcycle, has plunged like me.)
“Ang ano lang, parang hindi ko matiis yung sa belt banda, mga 3 inches, medyo masakit talaga,” Duterte said.
(I can't bear the pain 3 inches near my belt. It's quite painful.)
Duterte was supposed to stay in Japan for two days but had to come home early due to "unbearable pain in his spinal column near the pelvic bone."
He was due to see a neurologist on Wednesday, presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said earlier Tuesday.
Duterte reportedly was able to witness the Japanese Emperor's enthronement rites but was "carrying a cane to assist him in his walk," said Panelo.
He reportedly asked his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte who also attended the enthronement ceremony, to represent him in the emperor's banquet.
Last week, Duterte fell off his 650-cc dirt bike after he made a sharp turn during a ride at the Malacañang compound, landing on his left elbow, according to Go.