President Rodrigo Duterte, accompanied by his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and aide Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, prepare to attend rites for the ascension to the throne of Japanese Emperor Naruhito on Tuesday in Japan. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he fell off a motorbike he was riding last week, and admitted he was in pain.

Duterte sought to end speculations on his condition in a short video shared by his top aide, Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, on Facebook.

“Magandang gabi sa inyo mga kababayan ko, mga Pilipino (Good evening to all Filipinos),” Duterte said in the video, which Go said he was taking while on their way to the airport.

The president cut short his Japan trip by a day to get a check up from a neurosurgeon on Wednesday, the Palace said earlier. Duterte, Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said, was experiencing pain in the spinal column near the pelvic area. 

“Alam niyo four days ago sumemplang ako sa motorsiklo (You know, four days ago I fell off a motorcycle),” he said.

“Pag nagmo-motor ka once or twice sa buhay mo makatikim ka ng semplang. Lahat ng nagmo-motor sumesemplang (When you drive a motorcycle, once or twice in your life you fall off. Everyone who rides a motorbike falls off),” he added.

Explaining his decision to go home a day earlier from Japan where he attended the installation of the new Japanese emperor, Duterte said: “Di ko matiis sa belt banda, 3 inches medyo masakit (I can’t take it, it’s near the belt, 3 inches. It’s painful),” he said.

The video was cut off as Duterte said he felt pain as he was brushing his tooth after a meal. (PressONE.ph)