Who wants to be in Imelda's shoes?

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 January, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 January, 1994, 12:00am

HATS - no, make that shoes - off to Imelda Marcos, who can be relied upon to ignite mirth even as the season of merriment is showing signs of finally snuffing out.

For respected Manila newspaper columnist Max Soliven has just broken a story that there is an Imelda lookalike among the 100,000 strong Filipino community here who is about to go into spectacular action.

Just after Christmas, Imelda, the lady with the most famous feet since Cinderella, sought government permission to travel to Beijing for two months to seek medical treatment for hypertension.

According to Soliven - who attributes the story to a ''normally reliable intelligence source'' in Hong Kong - it will not be the erstwhile First Lady (who is appealing against a 12-year jail sentence for alleged shenanigans committed when she was part ofthe conjugal dictatorship) who will return back to the Philippines after her treatment abroad but the lookalike - armed with Imelda's passport.

Here at Keeping Posted we take the position that April 1 is some weeks away. But then again . . .