MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte said that he is still reeling from the motorcycle mishap that he had in Malacañang a few weeks ago.
Duterte on Monday showed reporters the minor injuries he sustained in his right elbow, after he fell from his motorcycle while riding around the palace grounds last Oct. 16.
“Masakit. Pero malalim 'yung sa paa,” Duterte said.
The President also said that he is suffering from pelvic pain which makes walking difficult for him.
“Sabi man ng doctor 'wag akong mag-ingay. Straight man ako maglakad basta may tao. Pero kapag wala nang tao, hay,” he said.
Doctors earlier diagnosed Duterte of having muscle spasms which caused unbearable back pains for him during his trip to Japan last week.
The pain caused the President to cut short his trip and skip several engagements connected to the enthronement of Japanese emperor Naruhito.
The President, however, hinted that the muscle spasms may be connected to another underlying condition involving his spinal cord.
“It requires a lengthy explanation. Actually 'yung (spasm) must be precipitated by something. A spasm... there has to be something which… ayaw ko muna sabihin. But then again it’s connected by the spinal,” Duterte said.
Despite his statements about his health, Duterte brushed off suggestions that the Palace issue regular medical bulletins on his condition.
“No, wala naman 'yan sa ano. Hindi naman kailangan. Kung hindi na ako makatindig, sabihin ng asawa ko sa inyo,” he said.
Aside from his condition, the President also suffered from coughing bouts during this speech at the oath taking of new Presidential appointees in Malacañang.
Duterte explained that his health was affected by the cold weather in Japan.
“[coughs] I’m sorry I have this virus. [coughs] Nakuha ko sa… Ang lamig naman kasi ng Japan eh. Malamig sa gabi. T*** i**. At saka tayong Pilipino, hindi man tayo sanay sa ano, our immune system mag-dive,” Duterte said during his speech.