By Genalyn Kabiling
As he headed back home from a shortened trip to Japan, President Duterte admitted that he was feeling some pain after falling off a motorcycle last week.
The President, accompanied by Senator Christopher Go, appeared on a Facebook video to inform the public about his latest motorcycle-related ailment. The video of President was recorded inside a vehicle and posted by the senator on his social media page.
“Magandang gabi po sa inyo. Mga kababayan ko, mga Pilipino. Alam mo, about four days ago, sumemplang ako sa motor. Eh pagka nagka motor ka, talagang once or twice sa buhay mo, makatikim ka talaga ng semplang. Lahat ng nagmomotor sumesemplang [Good evening to everyone. My fellow Filipinos, I fell off a motorcycle about four days ago. If you ride a motorcycle, you will really experience a fall once or twice in your life. All motorcycle riders fall],” Duterte said in the short video.
“Kagaya sa akin, ang ano lang, parang hindi ko matiis yung sa belt banda, mga three inches, medyo masakit talaga [Like me, I cannot stand the pain somewhere near my belt, about three inches. It’s really painful],” he said.
Duterte, seen on video with a droopy eyelid, said he felt some pain while brushing his teeth Tuesday morning. “Eh nag tooth brush ako kanina pag gising ko magkain. Talagang…” the 74-year-old leader said as he grimaced in pain.
Earlier, Malacañang announced that President Duterte decided to cut short his trip to Japan due to “unbearable pain” from a motorcycle mishap last week. Duterte has committed to see a neurologist for consultation on Wednesday.
Duterte was able to attend the historic enthronement of Emperor Naruhito but missed the official banquet scheduled Tuesday evening.
Despite his latest ailment, President Duterte meantime is not about to give up riding motorcycles.
Go, in another Facebook video, assured the public that there was nothing to worry about the President’s health, and revealed that Duterte remained interested in motorcycles.
In the video, the senator showed the President reading paper clippings about motorcycles while inside the car.
“Sa mga kapatid nating Pilipino wag kayong mag-alala, nasa mabuting kalagayan ang ating mahal na pangulo. Nandito pa, nagbabasa ng kaniyang mga paboritong litrato ng motor [To our fellow Filipinos, do not worry. Our President is in good condition. He’s here looking at photos of his favorite motorcycles],” Go said.
He claimed that Duterte could not live without riding motorcycles.
“At hindi pa rin daw siya titigil magmotor dahil hindi raw siya mabubuhay kung hindi raw siya magmo-motor. Ayun o, motor pa rin ang tinitignan. Kahit masakit na yung likod niya ay motor pa rin ang nasa isipan niya [He won’t stop riding motorcycles because he cannot live without them. Look, he’s still looking at motorcycles. Even if his back aches, motorcycles are still on his mind],” he added.
Duterte is expected to return to the country Tuesday evening.