WASHINGTON — The United States has spent nearly $450,000 to transport deposed Philippines President Ferdinand E. Marcos and his party from Manila and lodge him at a U.S. Air Force base in Hawaii, according to a Pentagon official.
The figures were supplied at a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing Wednesday by James A. Kelly, a deputy assistant defense secretary. He said the total included $87,000 for "upkeep" of the Marcos party.
Kelly said it cost about $200,000 for U.S. military planes to fly Marcos, his 89 associates and 300 boxes of possessions and money from Manila to Hawaii.
He said it has not been resolved who will pay the bills, which include overseas phone calls and thousands of dollars in purchases at military post exchanges at Hickam and in Guam, where Marcos' party made an intermediate stop.