The ancient practice of circumcision is culturally driven and meets little resistance though some call it child abuse

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It is “circumcision season” in the Philippines; Young men are forced to line up for the procedure wherein the foreskin is removed.

Circumcision consists of cutting away all or part of the foreskin (prepuce) of the penis. The origin of the practice is unknown, although the widespread distribution of circumcision as a ritual suggests great antiquity.

“The removal of foreskins is a centuries-old rite of passage to adulthood in the Philipines, which has one of the highest rates of male circumcision in the world,” the reported.

Some call circumcision child abuse, but the culture-backed method meets with little resistance: “Every year, thousands of pre-teens from low-income families go through the operation for free at government or community-sponsored clinics; some get pain medicine, others do not.

“To get circumcised is probably the essence of being a man… for boys, circumcision is necessary to be called a man,” Joana Nobleza told AFP after her 11-year-old son Carlos underwent the operation, the Post continued.

According to World Health Organization data, around 90% of males are circumcised for non-religious reasons in the Philippines.

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