Muscle spasms gave President Rodrigo Duterte “unbearable pain” after falling off a motorcycle last week, the Palace said on Thursday.
 
In a statement, Malacañang said the President underwent magnetic resonance imaging and medical evaluation, and “was diagnosed to be having muscle spasms causing what he described to be an unbearable pain at the pelvic and spinal area of his body.”
 
Duterte cut short his trip to Japan to attend the enthronement of the new emperor, going home late on Tuesday for an appointment with his physician on Wednesday.
 
The President was advised to rest and take medicines to ease the pain, Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a statement.
 
“As the public already knows, the Chief Executive suffered from a motorcycle accident several years ago, and from another minor mishap involving the same type of motor vehicle just last Thursday, October 17. The attending doctor said that there is a strong likelihood that these incidents may have caused or possibly aggravated the current pain he is suffering from in his lower back,” he said.
 
“The President was advised by his doctor to rest, as well as to take medicines that will relieve him of the pain caused by the muscular spasms. His doctor ruled out any surgical procedure for the President,” Panelo added.
 
Duterte still met Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua on Thursday to discuss Chinese financing of infrastructure projects, he said.
 
“Despite the President’s somewhat impaired physical profile, he will continue to perform his presidential duties which include attending to local and foreign engagements in the following days, with the same passion and dedication, in obedience to the constitutional command to serve and protect the Filipino people,” Panelo said. (PressONE.ph)