Deposed Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos and his entourage ran up personal expenses totaling more than $200,000 -- including $19,971 for long-distance phone calls, $2,500 for shoes and $1,792 worth of luggage -- during their month at Air Force bases in Guam and Hawaii this year, according to the House Armed Services Committee.
Whether the U.S. government will be reimbursed apparently is still at issue.
The panel reported yesterday that a total of $858,417 was spent to evacuate Marcos and his 90-person entourage from Manila Feb. 25 and housing them at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu.
That total includes $407,604 to pay military security personnel and $183,539 to operate planes, the report said.
It also includes more than $39,000 charged by the Marcos party at Hickam and during an earlier overnight stop in Guam. The group reportedly bought $18,952 worth of clothing and spent $10,555 for soap, toothpaste and hair curlers, $630 for cosmetics and $227 for cigarettes.
Also included were more than $3,500 for men's socks, belts and underwear, and $1,437 for lingerie, hosiery and underwear purchased during two trips to the base store at Hickam.
"These numbers are stupefying, even in a town that deals in billions as a matter of course," said Rep. Dan Daniel (D-Va.), chairman of the readiness subcommittee. "It understates the matter to say that these 'guests of the government' abused the hospitality of their hosts. They make 'The Man Who Came to Dinner' look like a piker."
Daniel said Marcos should be made to pay the personal expenses, including telephone calls. Salaries for military personnel would have been paid anyway, and the planes were necessary to ensure "a peaceful transition in the Philippines" and avoid "the very real possibility of a bloodbath," he said.
President Reagan offered Marcos safe haven in an effort to avoid bloodshed during February's popularly backed uprising against Marcos' 20-year rule.
The high cost of keeping the Marcos party became an embarrassing issue for the administration shortly after his arrival in Hawaii with the discovery that he had brought crates stuffed with freshly minted Philippine pesos and reams of documents linking him to bank accounts in Switzerland, stock certificates in Philippine companies and bearer bonds.
Also, documents left behind in the Malacanang palace in Manila and testimony in court and congressional hearings in this country have linked Marcos to more than $350 million in lucrative real estate holdings in New York.
The White House was further embarrassed to find that Marcos was making costly phone calls from Hickam to his supporters in Manila.
The House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Asian and Pacific affairs, which conducted hearings on the Marcos family's "hidden wealth" in this country, wrote to Reagan April 3 objecting to the cost of keeping Marcos and asking that he be forced to reimburse the government.
The White House has not responded to that request, according to subcommittee member Robert G. Torricelli (D-N.J.).
Torricelli said the U.S. government should be "reimbursed to the dollar, with interest. President Marcos would best be introduced to the American way of life by realizing that we have one class of citizen here."
He added, "In a strange way, the Army deserves compliments since their stores apparently have styles of shoes available that Imelda Marcos doesn't already possess." He was referring to widely circulated reports from Manila that Imelda Marcos' closet contained about 3,000 pairs of designer shoes.
White House spokesman Albert R. Brashear had no comment yesterday on the House report and referred questions to the Defense and State departments.
A Pentagon spokesman said the House figures are probably accurate and added, "Reimbursement is currently under consideration by the administration. The ball is really at the White House."
A State Department spokesman said Marcos' bills had been forwarded to the Treasury, which is awaiting a final decision from the White House about paying them.
"I think the question the Daniels committee asked is a legitimate one," the spokesman said. "But nobody wants to answer it."