Ellen Lloyd - AncientPages.com - There is a strange story about Gil Pérez, a 16th-century soldier and guard. Some historians have questioned the accuracy of this strange story because it was not reported until a century after the incident took place.
Gil Perez was an ordinary Spanish soldier, a member of the Filipino Guardia Civil, and worked as a guard at the palace of the Governor General in Manila, Philippines.
He did his duty to his government, regardless of any circumstances that arose during his guard duty.
Then something unexpected happened.
One of the passengers on the ship recognized Perez and swore that he had seen him in the Philippines on October 23.
On October 24, 1593, Gil Perez was doing his guard duties at the Governor’s Palace in Manila. Chinese pirates had assassinated the governor — Gomez Perez Dasmarinas — the night before, but the guards still guarded the palace and awaited the appointment of a new governor.
Gil Perez was tired, so he decided to lean against a wall and rest for a moment.
When he opened his eyes, he did not recognize where he was, but he continued to do his guard duties until he was approached by someone who started asking him questions and telling him that he was somewhere that he couldn't be.
Gil was in Mexico City’s Plaza Mayor (more than 9,000 nautical miles from Manila, across the Pacific).
Then, after long hours of duty in Manila, he decided to rest for a moment. A second later, he opened his eyes to find himself in an unknown place. He explained that moments before he arrived there, His Excellency the Governor of the Philippines, Gomez Perez Dasmariñas had been killed by Chinese pirates.
Nobody believed him.
When he opened his eyes, he did not recognize the place, but he continued to do his guard duties until he was approached by someone who started asking him questions and telling him that he was somewhere he couldn't be. Gil was in Mexico City’s Plaza Mayor (more than 9,000 nautical miles from Manila, across the Pacific).
The authorities placed Perez in jail as a deserter and for the possibility that he may have been in the service of Satan. The Most Holy Tribunal of the Inquisition questioned the soldier, but all he could say in his defense was that he had traveled from Manila to Mexico somehow.
After two months, a ship arrived from the Philippines, bringing news of the governor’s death. They said that they knew Gil Pérez, though they did not know he was in Mexico City. The last time they had seen him was on October 23 at the palace.
Witnesses confirmed that Gil Pérez had indeed been on duty in Manila just before arriving in Mexico. Furthermore, one of the passengers on the ship recognized Pérez and swore that he had seen him in the Philippines on October 23.
The authorities in Mexico City decided to release Gil Pérez and send him home. As there is no other account of Gil materializing anywhere, it is assumed that he never spontaneously teleported again.
Written by Ellen Lloyd – AncientPages.com
Updated on August 21, 2021
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