Fact check: Pres. Duterte gets 'snubbed' during his visit to Japan

Fact check: Pres. Duterte gets 'snubbed' during his visit to Japan

- A social media post claimed that President Rodrigo Duterte did not cut his Japan trip short due to unbearable pain

- Instead, the post said it was because President Duterte got snubbed at the enthronement ceremony in Japan

- The Department of Foreign Affairs and the Palace have both spoken regarding the issue

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A blog post claimed that President Rodrigo Duterte was “unceremoniously ignored” at the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo, Japan.

KAMI learned that this claim has been debunked by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday.

In a report by the Manila Bulletin (author Roy Mabasa), DFA Assistant Secretary Eduardo Meñez said the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo denied the accusations.

“I verified with Tokyo (Philippine Embassy), the allegations are false,” Meñez said.

As reported by the Inquirer (author Nestor Corrales), the Malacañang also dismissed the claims.

“Absolutely false,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a text message.

A Facebook post of a certain Ding C. Velasco claimed that President Duterte did not return to Manila earlier because he suffered “unbearable pain” but because he was snubbed during the event in Japan.

Velasco claimed that in August, President Duterte has declined the invitation to the enthronement when the formal invitation was sent out to the world leaders.

“I can only speculate; but in late August when the formal invitations to all Heads of State were sent by the Japanese Enthronement Committee; Duterte sent word that he cannot attend,” Velasco said.

“And when Duterte found out that he would not only seat in the back but would not be announced among the protocol line of Heads of State; they decided he would be humiliated - thus the invention of "unbearable pain" as the reason for leaving Tokyo at the exact moment the new Japanese Emperor was being crowned,” he added.

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In a previous report by KAMI, President Duterte cut his Japan trip short due to “unbearable” back pain following his motorbike incident.

Rodrigo Roa Duterte is the current and 16th President of the Philippines. He served as the mayor and vice mayor of Davao City for over 20 years.

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