BACOLOS City – President RodrigoDuterte has skipped this year’s 40th MassKara Festival. Earlier, Presidential SpokesmanSalvador Panelo said the Duterte was suffering from “unbearable pain” in hisspine after a motorcycle accident last week and had to cut short his trip toJapan to return to the Philippines Wednesday night. Panelo said Duterte left Japan soonerthan planned, having attended the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito. Leonardia, however, said:“Effectively, we were still graced by the President for the fourth time,because he sent his official representative,” Leonardia added. “We wish thePresident well and are calling for prayers for his swift recovery.”/PN “How we wish that President Dutertecould come, but we understand that he could not make it under the current circumstance,”according to Mayor Evelio Leonardia. He was scheduled to visit this cityyesterday but was instead represented by Tourism Undersecretary for Legal andSpecial Concerns Edwin Enrile.