Widodo, Bolkiah express concern for Duterte after motorbike accident

Published October 21, 2019, 1:32 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Marjaleen Ramos

Two world leaders expressed concern for President Rodrigo Duterte after he figured in a motorcycle accident recently, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin Jr. said Monday.

 Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. (Photo from Philippine Embassy in Indonesia's Twitter account/ MANILA BULLETIN
Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. (Photo from Philippine Embassy in Indonesia’s Twitter account/ MANILA BULLETIN

Locsin said Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah were both worried about Duterte’s health after reports came out last week that he fell off a motorcycle.

“First thing both told me was concern for their good friend President Duterte. Assured them he was fine and fitter than I am which I admit is not saying much,” he said in a Twitter post.

Locsin was in Jakarta on Sunday to join the inauguration ceremony of Widodo.

“Had a pleasant conversation which began and ended the way a brief meeting at the inaugural itself: he was worried about “my good friend, Duterte.” I assured him he was fine,” he said.

He added that what particularly caught the attention of Sultan Bolkiah was that Duterte was not wearing a helmet.

Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo earlier assured public that the President only suffered minor injuries and was in good health.

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