About 260 people were hospitalized Wednesday after experiencing food poisoning during Imelda Marcos’ 90th birthday celebration.
About 2,000 people attended the event at a sports complex near Manila for the former first lady of the Philippines. Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippine National Red Cross, which sent emergency teams to help patients, said victims “suffered from vomiting and dizziness.”
Gordon said the victims fell ill after eating the event’s meat stew and eggs. He began tweeting out pictures and reports of the incident during the aftermath.
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. pic.twitter.com/Tj0VnCezv9
— Richard J. Gordon (@DickGordonDG) July 3, 2019
Imelda Marcos’ late husband, former President Ferdinand Marcos, ruled the Philippines for two decades before being exiled to Hawaii three years after the 1986 “people power” revolution ended his reign.