Body of Filipino to return to PHL after corpse switch

MANILA – The body of a Filipino national who died in Israel will soon make its way to the Philippines after it was mistakenly switched for the corpse of a foreigner.

At a press briefing on Tuesday, Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said the family of Fernando Peralta has complained on June 4 to the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv that the body they received does not belong to their deceased relative. Peralta died of a heart disease.

Philippine officials found out that the Israeli funeral and repatriation service company that handled the shipping of Peralta’s remains “made a mistake in handling the documents of the deceased by inadvertently sticking them to a different casket,” Jose said.

The mistake resulted in the shipment of the body of a foreign national to the Philippines instead of that of the Filipino worker.

Peralta’s body is currently stored at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv pending the processing of its release in the shipment to the family in the Philippines.

Jose said the embassy has assured the family of the deceased Filipino national of immediate repatriation of Peralta’s remains.

Arrangements are also being made for the return of the foreigner’s body from the Philippines to its correct destination. Michaela del Callar/PNA/