Duterte going to ASEAN meet despite pain

October 25, 2019
Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Bong Go

DESPITE the “unbearable pain” suffered by President Rodrigo Duterte that led to his premature return from Japan, the Chief Executive will still attend the forthcoming ASEAN Summit in Thailand.

President spokesman Salvador Panelo issued this assurance Friday albeit with a suggestion that Duterte might implement “spacing” in his attendance to the summit’s “too punishing” schedule.

The 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit will be held in Bangkok from November 2 to 4.

Duterte complained of “unbearable pain” in his spine while in Japan for the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito, days after he fell off a motorcycle Thursday last week, sustaining bruises and scratches.

Doctors advised Duterte to minimize physical activities, according to Panelo. But Duterte will “definitely” attend the Asean Summit in Bangkok, he said.

“Tuloy pa rin iyon, walang magbabago doon. Pero iyong spacing medyo babaguhin na natin kasi nga punishing masyado eh,” Panelo said in a Palace briefing.

(That will push through, nothing there will change. But we will somewhat change the spacing because the schedule is too punishing).

“Iyong activity niya tuloy pa rin pero i-minimize mo iyong physical activity mo. Saka siguro, iyong mga events niya, iyong space, i-space niya dahil masyadong punishing ang schedule,” he added.

(His activities will continue but his physical activities will be minimized. Also maybe, his events, the space, he will space it because the schedule is too punishing).