At least 300 pre-teen boys were forced to undergo circumcision at a mass event in a school in Marikina City, which is situated east of the capital Manila, Philippines.
DailyMail gathered that the boys aged nine and upwards are circumcised as part of a traditional rite of passage in to adulthood.
Often the circumcision or ‘tuli’ as it is known in the Philippines takes place in free mass events to promote safe practice. The ritual is an age-old custom, wherein the foreskin of the penis is cut off for non-medical reasons.
As part of the ritual, the boys are encouraged to wear loose skirts to facilitate circumcision and the swelling that follows the ritual.
The World Health Organisation (WHO), said about 30 to 33 percent of men aged 15 or over are circumcised worldwide but the figure is much higher in Philippines at 93% where the majority of the population is Roman Catholic.
Although painful and illegal, circumcision in many parts of the country is mandatory for young boys as those who do not undergo the ritual are often teased by peers.