A photo taken at San Pedro Cathedral in Davao City became instantly popular after it was shared by a Facebook user on Good Friday.
The photo, uploaded by a Facebook user named Karlos Manlupig on Friday, April 6, 2012, at 5:49 p.m., showed a security guard assaulting a half-naked man, who, according to Manlupig, was "silently kneeling and praying inside the church", using a rattan truncheon.
A "Tagalog speaking man", as what Manlupig captioned in the photo, ordered the security guard to throw the poor man out of the church since "churches in Manila prohibit persons with mental disabilities and vagrants to enter its premise."
When Manlupig took several shots of the incident, an old man with a Bible tapped him on the shoulder and said it was improper to take photos "inside their heavenly church."
Below is the transcript of the photo's description.
FILTHY HYPOCRITES. As I was shooting in Davao City's San Pedro Cathedral during the observance of Good Friday, I noticed a Tagalog speaking man instructing this security guard to throw out a half-naked man who is silently kneeling and praying inside the church, saying that the churches in Manila prohibit persons with mental disabilities and vagrants to enter its premises. The security guard then assaulted the poor man without any warning poking him in the ribs several times using a "ratan" truncheon...I immediately took several burst shots of the detestable incident. Suddenly, an old man with a Bible in his hand tapped me on my shoulder and told me that it is improper to take photos of the incident and that it is also improper to take photos inside their heavenly church. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE???