MANILA – Approximately 260 people were hospitalized Wednesday after they appeared to be suffering from food poisoning by Imelda R. Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines, celebrating the 90th anniversary of her birth.
"Suffering vomiting and dizziness," said Richard Gordon, leader of the Philippine National Red Cross, who used emergency response teams in a sports complex east of Manila where the party took place. Gordon, who is also a Filipino senator, said hundreds of the estimated 2,000 people at the event apparently got sick after eating meat stew and eggs.
Only a small part of this property has been recovered. and President Rodrigo Duterte said two years ago that the Marcos family had turned to him and was willing to return part of the money without admitting that they had committed any offense.
Mr. Duterte, who took power in 2016, was a staunch supporter of Marcoses and said the former dictator's family had contributed to his campaign. In return, he kept his promise to the family to rescue the remains of Ferdinand Marcos at the Manila Memorial Cemetery and spark protests.
The son of the dictator, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., a former senator, ran for the vice president in 2016 and has lost. However, the family's political fate has increased with the recent election of Imee Marcos as Senator, while several other family members have taken control of electoral offices in the family's northern hometown.
Mrs. Marcos is well known for her extravagance. She became known through her collection of thousands of shoes that were discovered when the public stormed the presidential palace 33 years ago when the Marcoses fled.
In November, a Filipino court sentenced her to more than 40 years in prison for the creation of private foundations to conceal her wealth. Despite the arrest warrant, however, she remains free.