Chaos has erupted at the 90th birthday party of former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos, after hundreds of friends and supporters fell ill with suspected food poisoning.
They were nauseous, vomiting and suffered severe abdominal pains after they ate meals served at Mrs Marcos' party, held at a sports complex in Pasig city, an hour's drive east of the capital Manila.
Duque surmised that the food served at the event may have been contaminated by a type of bacteria due to "poor preparation", saying the adobo and egg meals may not have been cooked thoroughly or were left out for too long.
The guests, who either vomited or grew dizzy, had drunk water and eaten a breakfast of chicken stew with egg and rice.
Dr. Primo Valenzuela, of Rizal Medical Center, said it's possible someone preparing or handling the food did not properly wash their hands.
An attendee at the celebration said Marcos was not personally responsible for the food which supporters brought to the celebration to hand out.
Despite the scramble, local press reported that the party went on.
"Let's just take care of those who are in the hospital and expect that we will visit each one of them", she added.
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"Organizers are determining the cause of the food poisoning and are prepared to cooperate with the authorities", he said in a statement.
Family matriarch Imelda was convicted in November in a corruption case stemming from the time of her husband's brutal dictatorship.
When asked if she really had 1,000 pairs of shoes, she said: "I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes, I had one thousand and sixty".
Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos was always known for her lavish parties, but on Wednesday her 90th birthday bash took a particularly dramatic turn.
Former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his family were found to have pilfered up to $10 billion from government funds during his rule.
His family returned to the Philippines in 1991. He subsequently kept his promises to the family, reburying the remains of Ferdinand Marcos in Manila's heroes' cemetery which ignited protests.
Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Junior, the son of Imelda, issued a public apology.
The conviction could theoretically put her behind bars for decades, though Marcos has steadfastly denied all wrongdoing.