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Ousted Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda, spent the night in hiding after their security guards reported armed men cruised past the Marcos estate, a spokesman said.

In the Philippines, government spokesman Teodoro Benigno said Wednesday he didn't know anything about the report and didn't want to comment "because one of the world's master illusionists is at work."Three cars drove slowly past the house at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, and security guards stationed at the gate said they saw guns sticking out the car windows, said Marcos' spokesman Gem-mo Trinidad.

The unarmed guards chased the cars but could not get a good description because it was still dark, he said. No shots were fired and no one was injured.

The Marcoses were awakened shortly after the incident and driven to a site on Oahu, said Trinidad.

A Honolulu police dispatcher said the incident was not reported, but top Marcos aide Arturo Aruiza said police were asked Tuesday to patrol the Marcos address regularly. The Marcoses were expected to return home Wednesday, Aruiza said.

The couple has lived in exile in Honolulu since 1986, when Marcos was ousted by Corazon Aquino.

Marcos has been negotiating his return to his homeland, but in a statement released Tuesday he denied a Los Angeles Times report that he had offered to pay the Philippine government $5 billion to ensure his return free from criminal prosecution on fraud allegations.