Wacky story of the day (maybe of the year): Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos using the refrigerated corpse of her husband, Ferdinand, dead 21 years, as a photo-prop in her current campaign for a congressional seat. According to The Washington Post, Mrs. Marcos, now 80, is letting herself be photographed with her husband’s glass-enclosed, chilled, remains in an effort to win a seat being vacated by her son, who is running for the national Senate. Voting is scheduled May 10.
Ferdinand Marcos was president of the Philippines more than 20 years before he was forced from office in 1986, accused of corruption and implicated in the slaying of political rival Benigno Aquino Jr. in 1983. Marcos died in exile in Hawaii in 1989. Imelda had his body brought back to his home province in 1993, to a mausoleum next to the Marcos family home. “I see him as often as I can,” she told The Post. “He is right there next door.” One day she hopes to secure a state funeral and grand burial for her husband. For now, the top rung of the Creepy Quotient will have to do.