Imelda Marcos brought to hospital

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 03 2013 05:36 PM | Updated as of Nov 04 2013 03:19 AM

MANILA (UPDATED) -- Ilocos Norte 2nd district Rep. and former First Lady Imelda Marcos was brought to St. Luke's Medical Center Global City on Saturday night.

Marilen Lagniton, vice president for patient experience and marketing head of St. Luke's Medical Center Global, said the 84-year-old lawmaker was asked to be admitted to the hospital to control her blood sugar.

"Per Dr. Joven Cuanang, her doctor, Imelda came in for control of her blood sugar," she said in a text message.

The Marcos family has denied that the former first lady suffered a stroke.

The widow of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos had just returned to the capital after a lengthy road trip from the province of Ilocos Norte, over 300 kilometers (186 miles) north of Manila, when she decided to check in to a hospital, said her media consultant Lito Gorospe.

"She was suffering from severe fatigue so she decided to be confined," he told AFP.

He declined to comment on the condition of the 84-year-old Marcos, who is a legislator representing the province of Ilocos Norte, home to her husband's family.

The beautiful and glamorous Marcos rose to fame as the wife of Ferdinand Marcos, who was elected president in 1965.

She became widely criticized for her extravagant lifestyle, spending heavily on clothes and jewelry and amassing a massive collection of shoes, even as most Filipinos remained trapped in poverty.

Her husband declared martial law in 1972 and appointed her as a special envoy, as well as handing her several top government positions. Her widespread power further fuelled resentment over corruption and abuse under the Marcos regime.

A popular revolt toppled the president in 1986 and sent the family fleeing into exile.

After her husband died in Hawaii in 1989, Imelda Marcos was allowed to return to the Philippines where she made a political comeback, elected to the legislature repeatedly. - with reports from Agence France-Presse