SENATOR Christopher “Bong” Go said that the President Rodrigo Duterte’s back pain was caused by muscle spasm and is not a serious health concern.
“He is okay naman po. No need to worry at muscle spasms daw po iyon,” Go said.
“Komunsulta siya sa kanyang mga doktor at nagpa-MRI po siya at wala naman pong nakitang dapat ikabahala,” he added.
Duterte cut short his trip to Japan for the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito as he complained of “unbearable pain” in his spinal column near the pelvic area.
The senator confirmed that Duterte went to the doctor after visiting the wake of the late Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr., founder of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino, upon his arrival from Japan.
“Sabi ng mga doktor niya, mga expert ito, ang mga neurosurgeon niya before pa, ay wala daw pong dapat ikabahala. Purely muscle spasm,” Go said.
Go said the President was advised to take medication and rest for a few days.
“May mga medisina na dapat at kailangan po magpahinga. He was advised to rest. Masakit talaga dahil sa pagkabagsak niya sumakit ang likod. Nakita niyo kahapon kaya bumili ako ng cane dun sa Japan,” he said.
He said they initially thought that the President’s fall from the motorcycle could have affected his spine but the test yielded negative results.
“Ang ikinabahala namin at first kung tinamaan ang kanyang spine pero salamat sa Panginoon walang dapat ikabahala. Tinignan ng doktor kung meron bang naipit na ugat that caused the pain, wala naman po. Pure muscles spasm at ang gamot para dun,” Go said.
Go said despite Duterte’s condition, there will be no changes in his schedule in the coming days, and that the President will still attend his appointments, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit from November 2 to 4.
Go also denied rumors that Duterte was not given proper treatment when he was in Japan, the alleged reason they decided to go home early.
“There’s no truth. Lahat po sila ay binigyan ng pare-parehong atensyon, lahat ng leaders ay pare-parehong atensyon. Si Pangulong Duterte ay hindi nagpapaimportante mas gusto niya nasa likod siya,” he said.