260 People Get Food Poisoning at Imelda Marcos’s 90th Birthday Party

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Not fewer than 260 people were sent to hospitals after they apparently fell ill from food poisoning during the 90th birthday celebration of Imelda R. Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines.


The patients “suffered from vomiting and dizziness,” said Richard Gordon, the chairman of the Philippine National Red Cross, which deployed emergency teams to a sports complex east of Manila where the party was held.


Mr. Gordon, who is also a Philippine senator, said hundreds of the estimated 2,000 people at the event apparently became ill after eating meat stew and eggs.


He posted pictures on his Twitter account showing Red Cross teams in orange vests responding to the emergency.

PRC medic teams are currently responding to an alleged food poisoning incident at the Birthday Celebration of Ms. Imelda Marcos at Ynares Sports Complex this morning. They transported 3 patients to Rizal Medical Center and assisted 25 other individuals. Updates to follow.
As of 1:55PM, 137 patients suffered from vomiting and dizziness due to alleged food poisining. Accdg to reports, adobo and egg were served to est. 2,000 participants during the party. PRC already alerted nearby hospitals for possible patient transport.
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Marcos, 63, who took office as a senator this week, said, “The food may have been spoiled, but we remain solid.”
Supporters of Mrs. Marcos in Manila on Monday.

Imelda Marcos is the widow of Ferdinand Marcos, the former Philippine strongman who died in exile in Hawaii three years after the 1986 “people power” revolt ended his two-decade rule. During the Marcos dictatorship, the couple were believed to have plundered the government treasury of up to $10 billion, and thousands of activists who opposed his rule were either killed or went missing.

Only a small fraction of that wealth has been recovered, and President Rodrigo Duterte said two years ago that the Marcos family had approached him and said they were willing to return some of the money, without admitting that they were guilty of any crimes.

Mr. Duterte, who took power in 2016, has been a staunch supporter of the Marcoses, and has said that the former dictator’s family contributed to his campaign. In return, he kept his promise to the family to rebury the remains of Ferdinand Marcos in Manila’s heroes’ cemetery, igniting protests.

The dictator’s son, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., a former senator, ran for vice president in 2016, but lost. However, the family’s political fortunes have risen with the recent election of Imee Marcos as a senator, while several other family members took control of elective posts in the family’s northern hometown.

Mrs. Marcos is widely known for her extravagance, and she gained notoriety for her collection of thousands of shoes, which was discovered when the public stormed the presidential palace as the Marcoses fled 33 years ago.

In November, a Philippine court sentenced her to more than 40 years in prison for creating private foundations to hide her wealth. But she remains free despite the court warrant for her arrest.

Source: Network Times

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