Manila police intercepted a priest suspected of carrying a human corpse. Even though what was brought was actually a statue of Jesus Christ. Photo/Facebook/Thristine Amoguis Sangco
MANILA – Police in Manila, Philippines, stopped a Catholic priest from driving a car after being suspected of carrying a body wrapped in plastic. Even though what he brought was actually a statue Jesus Christ .
After a thorough inspection which included the priest removing the plastic, it was confirmed that he was actually transporting the statue of Jesus Christ to be used in the upcoming Holy Week.
Citing a report by the Inquirer newspaper, Thursday (23/3/2023), police officers stopped Pastor Fr Jonel Peroy’s car at a checkpoint in Kidapawan, Cotabato City, after the priest of the church took a life-size statue from Digos City, Davao del Sur.
Peroy, from Kidapawan Diocese, told local newspapers that he tried to explain to police officers that he was carrying a statue of Jesus Christ but they didn’t believe him and insisted on checking his car.
He was only released after officers confirmed that the object thought to be a corpse was indeed a statue.
Despite going through the hassle, which he said was tiring, Peroy still praised the police officers for being vigilant.
During Holy Week, the Catholic Church displays a statue of Jesus Christ after the commemoration of the Seven Last Words at 3pm on Good Friday, where Christ is said to have died on the cross.