Philippines: Imelda Marcos′ 90th birthday ends with hundreds falling sick | News | DW

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Some 2,500 people gathered in a sports stadium in the capital Manila on Tuesday for a daylong celebration of Imelda Marcos’ 90th birthday, yet the event was not the happy affair that many had hoped for.

After feasting on a breakfast of chicken stew with egg and rice, some 260 guests had to be hospitalized with food poisoning.

“Our ambulances took people to hospital after they complained of dizziness and vomiting. They apparently suffered from food poisoning,” said Philippines Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon.

“I wasn’t that hungry so I only ate the egg and a little steamed rice. I vomited and an ambulance took me to the Rizal Medical Center where I was given an IV drip. I blame the cook,” one guest told news agency AFP after the event. “Everyone knows Madame is blameless since she was not the one who cooked.”

The Marcos family offered an official apology and vowed to help those who fell ill.

US President Ronald Reagan, seen here dancing with Imelda, welcomed Ferdinand and his wife to the US

Reagan’s welcome

Imelda Marcos was the widow of former Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos, whose regime was notorious for its corruption and brutality.

Read more: Philippines ex-dictator Ferdinand Marcos buried at the country’s Heroes’ Cemetery

An international pariah, Marcos was forced to flee the country in 1986 after a peaceful, army-backed revolt ousted him from power.

Marcos and his affiliates reportedly misappropriated at least $10 billion (€8.85 billion) in…

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