Duterte cuts Japan trip short due to spinal pain  

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 22) — President Rodrigo Duterte has cut his trip to Japan short due to health reasons.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that Duterte will come home early Tuesday evening due to "unbearable pain in his spinal column near the pelvic bone."

He attributed this to the President's recent fall from his motorcycle on October 17.

READ: Duterte figures in motorcycle accident

Duterte is scheduled to see a neurologist on October 23 for his condition.

Senator and former presidential aide Bong Go posted a video of him and Duterte in a car early Tuesday evening on social media.

"Mga kababayan, mga Pilipino. Ako mga four days ago, sumemplang ako sa motor. E kapag naka-motor ka talagang once or twice sa buhay mo makatikim talaga ng semplang," Duterte said in the video.

[Translation: My fellowmen, the Filipino people. Four days ago I fell from a motorcycle. If you are on a motorbike, chances are you would fall at least once or twice in your life.]

Duterte said that the pain from his accident was unbearable, and that it was three inches above his belt.

Go said Duterte would continue to ride motorbikes, and even showed Duterte looking at motorcycle photos.

The senator earlier gave the media a photo that showed the President seated in a hotel room, holding a cane, looking on as his daughter Sarah Duterte takes a selfie with the lawmaker.

"While this was unforseeable, the public can rest assured that there is nothing to worry [about], as [in] regards [to] the physical health and condition of the President as he gives serious priority thereto in actively serving our country," Panelo said in the statement.

Duterte was able to attend the enthronement rites of Japanese Emeperor Naruhito, but had difficulty walking.

"The President has attended the enthronement rites earlier today, albeit carrying a cane to assist him in his walk," Panelo said.

He would not be able to attend the subsequent Emperor's banquet, nor the Prime Minister's banquet scheduled tomorrow.