President Rodrigo Duterte will inform the public of the result of his medical consultation about his severe back pain, his spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Wednesday.
Duterte was scheduled to see a neurologist on Tuesday after experiencing an “unbearable pain” in his spinal column near the pelvic area, which resulted from his motorcycle accident last week.
Because of his condition, the President also decided to cut short his visit in Japan. But upon his arrival at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, he went straight to visit the wake of ex Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr.
Duterte’s long-time aide Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go accompanied him and they were received by, Senator Aquilino Martin “Koko” Pimentel III, Lourdes “Bing” Pimentel, and Gwendolyn Pimentel-Gana of the Commissioner of Human Rights.
Public should not be worried of Duterte’s health
On the other hand, Panelo said that the public should not be worried about Duterte’s health.
“His consultation with a doctor is aimed at determining the medical condition of his body, as well as finding out whether his previous spinal injury from a past motorcycle accident has been aggravated by his recent fall,” he said.
“The President shall inform our countrymen on the result of his medical consultation,” Panelo assured.
Duterte, being the oldest president elected in the Philippines, has been experiencing health issues in his presidency due to his age.
It is mandated by the 1987 Constitution that the President should disclose to his countrymen his health condition.
“In case of serious illness of the President, the public shall be informed of the state of his health. The members of the Cabinet in charge of national security and foreign relations and the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, shall not be denied access to the President during such illness,” Section 12 of Article VII states.
Earlier this month, Duterte also revealed that he has been suffering from Myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disease that affects the muscles that control respiration, eyes and eyelid movement, as well as arm and leg movements.
Panelo, however, said that the President was doing fine and it does not look like there’s a need to be worried about.