‘Sulu offers prayers for President’s health’
PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESMAN Salvador Panelo has assured the public that President Rodrigo Duterte is now feeling much better after cutting short his three-day stay in Japan and returned to Manila due health reason.
Duterte flew to Japan with daughter Sara Carpio, the mayor of Davao City, and other Filipino officials this week to attend the enthronement of the 59-year old Emperor Naruhito who officially began his reign in May after the abdication of his father, the then-Emperor Akihito.
“The Palace assures our countrymen that they need not worry about the President’s health. The President is presently feeling much better,” Panelo said after Duterte complained of “excruciating pain in his lower spine and pelvis that forced him to undergo a medical check-up with his neurologist.
Panelo noted that Duterte’s medical results showed that he is having “muscle spasms,” which could be aggravated by his motorcycle accident several years ago and from another minor mishap after falling off his motorcycle inside the Presidential Security Group Compound in Manila on October 16.
He said there was no need for the 74-year old Duterte to undergo any surgical procedure, as he was only prescribed medicines to relieve the pain. “His doctor ruled out any surgical procedure for the President,” Panelo said.
Panelo said Duterte is in good health and was only advised by his neurologist to take a rest and limit his activities. “The President underwent magnetic resonance imaging and medical evaluation. He 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,” he said.
“The Chief Executive has been advised by his doctor to rest for a couple of days and limit his physical activity, particularly avoiding standing or walking for a long duration,” he added.
Sulu Governor Sakur Tan, a strong political ally of Duterte, has offered prayers for the President’s good health. “Live long for the people Mr. President Sir, we are praying for you,” he said.
The Palace also released photos of Duterte showing him walking with a cane. (Mindanao Examiner)
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