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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was forced to cut short his attendance of the enthronement of Japan’s emperor on Tuesday, due to what his office said was “unbearable pain” in his lower back after a motorcycle mishap last week.

The health of Duterte, 74, and his absences from the public spotlight are often the subject of fervent speculation, and the source of complaints from critics that his administration is not forthcoming about the extent of his ailments.

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