Fake priest busted in Tondo

/ 06:37 PM February 11, 2019
Gang member arrested for posing as priest

Marlon Fonterez’ mug shot is taken at the Manila Police District Station 1 following his arrest for posing as a priest and soliciting money. Photo courtesy of Manila Police District Station 1

MANILA, Philippine – Police arrested on Sunday an alleged gang member posing as a priest and soliciting money to celebrate Holy Mass in Tondo, Manila.

Arrested was Marlon Fonterez, an alleged member of the Sputnik Gang, according to a report from Radyo Inquirer.


Fonterez is clothed like any other priest and bears a Bible and holy water while celebrating Mass and blessing houses in Tondo in exchange of P1,000.

Fonterez was released from jail last year after facing a car theft case.


Recovered from the suspect were P700 cash and an identification card of the Apostolic Catholic Devine Holy Trinity which identifies him as a missionary priest.

The ID card even misspelled the word divine (devine).

Fonterez was locked up at the Manila Police District Station 1 and will be charged with robbery, extortion and usurpation of authority. (With a report from Dona Dominguez-Cargullo/Radyo Inquirer) /gsg

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