Did Philippine president Rodrigo Roa Duterte fake his suffering from “unbearable pelvic pain” in order to prevent a more painful unceremonial rebuke due to a seating faux pas?
Netizens are again wagging their tongues on this recent incident involving President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in Japan. Is there any other reason except that searing pain the president suffered that forced Duterte to cancel his attendance at the enthronement ceremony of Japanese emperor Akihito and the coronation of new Emperor,Naruhito?
Some netizens believe this “unbearable pelvic pain” is not the true reason why the president decided to skip the ceremonies. Many even said that the incident is just a “ruse” to deflect public attention on a possible highly diplomatic humiliation Mr. Duterte is expected to get once he tried or pursued with his plan to witness the event.
The basis? An official Malacanang statement from former Special Assistant to the President and now Senator Bong Go, assuring the health of President Duterte days before the enthronement ceremony in Japan. see https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1083923
Now this…You can’t really stop people from speculating since the Philippine News Agency (PNA), the country’s official news service made the assurance days before. Of course, who knows what, given that Duterte is already 74 years old, and not as springy as before? Besides, there is that highly publicized accident with a motorcycle which initially described Duterte as complaining of “back pain.”
Anyway, the viral post is getting tremendous traction because it is logical.
The story goes that when the Japanese Enthronement Committee sent its formal invitation to Duterte, the president initially declined. Hence, the Japanese government immediately assumed that the Manila delegation would instead, be led by Foreign Secretary Teddyboy Locsin or the Philippine Ambassador to Japan, Jose Laurel V.
Hence, when the Japanese committee was arranging the seating protocol, the one assigned for President Duterte was relegated to that of an Ambassador. Duterte was informed of this the minute he arrived in Japan together with Senator Bong Go. There was speculation that the Philippine delegation tried but failed to convince the Japanese committee to change the seating arrangement or at least re-arrange it according to protocol, but that request was respectfully denied.
The reason for the rejection is understandable– the re-seat would cause a “domino effect” in the seating protocol of hundreds of Heads of State who already had their seating numbers based on established diplomatic protocols.
” Upon their arrival in Tokyo, when nobody of high rank from the Japanese Foreign Ministry came to meet them—could have been enough notice for Duterte and his entourage to realize that Duterte’s last minute decision to attend had dire consequences; nobody crashes the ceremony of a Japanese emperor being enthroned to change seating protocol because such rituals and arrangements are planned much in advance by the meticulous Japanese,” says the spreading “analysis” online.
According to this viral post, when our president reportedly got wind of the fact that he would be setting at the back and would not be pronounced among the protocol line of Heads of State, one of the members of the Philippine delegation reportedly decided to use this pelvic pain issue to prevent a possible humiliating thing.
Is this true? Reviewing photos published by the Presidential Communications Operations Office show that the President had already probably, in pain and using a walking stick hours before his arrival at the venue. In the follow below, Duterte is seen with a walking stick inside his hotel room, even had the time to take photos with his staff and likewise, when he arrived at the venue of the enthronement.
Is this proof that the president was already suffering some form of pain before his arrival in Japan? Or he faked it just to avoid being humiliated during the enthronement ceremony?