More than 200 people get sick from food poisoning in the Philippines
260 guests are made ill with & # 39; food poisoning & # 39; at the 90th birthday party for Imelda Marcos after 2,500 people gathered in honor of the widow of the former Filipino dictator
- Around 2,500 people gathered in a sports stadium in Manila for the celebration
- Health Secretary Francisco Duque revealed that the total number was sick 260
- Imelda Marcos was convicted in a historic corruption case in November
More than 200 guests fell ill with suspected food poisoning Wednesday after a meal at a birthday party for the 90-year-old Imelda Marcos, the notorious ex-first lady of the Philippines.
Ambulances rushed over friends and supporters from a sports stadium in Manila, where about 2,500 people gathered to honor the widow of the recent dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
Although Marcos was taken from power by a peaceful uprising in 1986, the family is still revered by many in the Philippines and has returned politically in recent years.
A supporter is assisted after showing signs of food poisoning outside the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, east of Manila on Wednesday
The suspected outbreak happened at a birthday party for the 90-year-old Imelda Marcos (photo), the notorious ex-first lady of the Philippines
& # 39; Our ambulances brought people to the hospital after complaining about dizziness and vomiting. They apparently suffered from food poisoning, & said Richard Gordon, the President of the Philippine Red Cross.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque told journalists that the number of sick people was 260.
The party included singing and speeches, as well as water bottles decorated with Imelda's name and meals in plastic boxes.
There were no immediate reports that the guest of honor fell ill.
Family matriarch Imelda was convicted in November of a corruption case that dates back to the cruel dictatorship of her husband.
An elderly lady is assisted in an ambulance outside the location after experiencing symptoms
The number of sick people admitted was 260 according to Filipino Health Secretary Francisco Duque
Although she is currently free on bail pending an appeal, she faces decades behind bars after being found guilty of funnels about $ 200 million through Swiss foundations decades ago.
Ferdinand Marcos, who was accused of stealing $ 10 billion from the Philippines along with his guard, fled with his family to the US after his dictatorship fell in 1986.
He died in exile in 1989, but his heirs later returned to Manila and went through a political revolution.
Imelda Marcos has just reached a congress term, her son Ferdinand Junior has also served as a senator, while the eldest daughter Imee won a Senate seat in the May elections.
The family has a powerful ally in President Rodrigo Duterte, who buried the public remains of the late dictator in Manila & Heroes & Cemetery, despite public protests.
A banner for former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos is shown outside the Ynares Sports Arena
Scores of caregivers help treat sick people in the center after hundreds have become ill
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