By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte is back in the country after cutting short his official visit to Japan due to back pain.
The President arrived in Manila late Tuesday evening and proceeded to visit the wake of the late Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. at the Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig City.
Duterte paid his last respects to Pimentel, founder of PDP-Laban party, and extended his condolences to his family. He is currently the chairman of the ruling party.
Pimentel, a respected statesman, passed away last Sunday. He was 85.
The President earlier decided to cut short his visit to Japan after complaining of “unbearable pain” from a recent motorcycle accident.
Duterte attended the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito of Japan but skipped the banquet Tuesday evening. His daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio represented the President at the event instead.
He is expected to visit a neurologist for consultation on Wednesday.
The Palace has allayed concerns about the President’s health. “While this was unforeseeable, the public can rest assured that there is nothing to worry as regards the physical health and condition of the President as he gives serious priority thereto in actively serving our country,” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said.