Exiled Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos was in guarded condition early Wednesday in the intensive care unit of St. Francis Medical Center, where he was taken after complaining of chest pains, a hospital spokesman said.

Marcos, 70, was admitted at about 8 p.m. Tuesday (Midnight MDT) on the advice of his doctor because of the chest pains, said hospital Assistant Administrator Eugene Tiwanak."His condition is guarded," Tiwanak said. "He will probably stay the night."

Tiwanak said the Marcos family had asked that further information about the ousted president's condition not be released.

Since his arrival in Hawaii two years ago, Marcos has been visited on occasion by heart specialists from Los Angeles, giving rise to speculation that he may be suffer from some type of heart problem.

Marcos has steadfastly maintained that any heart pains were the result of involuntary separation from his country and not a physical problem.

"He did not tell us about them (the pains) until 7 p.m. (Tuesday), when the pain became too much to bear," said Marcos spokesman Gemmo Trinidad. "He was at the hospital at about 7:30 p.m."

Another family spokesman, Arturo Aruiza, said Marcos was conscious and able to answer questions when he was admitted.

Marcos was driven to the hospital in a private car Tuesday evening after consulting with his doctor by telephone, Aruiza said. He was accompanied by his wife, Imelda, and several bodyguards. Imelda Marcos left the hospital at about 10 p.m.

Aruiza said Marcos told aides he had the chest pains for most of the day Tuesday.