Manila police stopped priest for carrying 'dead' body when it was actually Jesus Christ statue

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 — Police in Manila pulled a Catholic priest over after suspecting he was transporting a dead body wrapped in plastic.

Only after a thorough inspection that included the priest removing the plastic was it confirmed he was actually ferrying a statue of Jesus Christ that would be used in the upcoming Holy Week, Inquirer reported.

Police had blocked the priest, Fr. Jonel Peroy, at a checkpoint in Kidapawan, Cotabato City after the holy man picked up the life-sized statue from Digos City, Davao del Sur.

Peroy, of the Diocese of Kidapawan, told the portal that he tried explaining to police that he was carrying a statue of Jesus Christ but the officers insisted on checking his car.

He was only released after officers confirmed the 'body' was indeed a statue.

Despite going through the hassle, which he described as exhausting, Peroy praised them for being vigilant.

During Holy Week, Catholic Churches display the statue of Jesus Christ after the observance of the Seven Last Words at 3pm on Good Friday, where Christ was said to have died on the cross.