A boy reacts while being circumcised during a mass circumcision at a village health centre in Manila. Photo: AFP

Philippines’ circumcision season begins. Is it a rite of passage for boys or child abuse?

  • Thousands of preteens from poor families go through the operation for free at government clinics
  • The pressure manifests itself in the Tagalog word for ‘uncircumcised’, which is a slur similar to coward
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A boy reacts while being circumcised during a mass circumcision at a village health centre in Manila. Photo: AFP
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