Ex-‘thug’ who gets whipped as Jesus says it is finished

BULAKAN, Bulacan --- When the sun rises today, Easter Sunday, it would signal the end of a 40-yearlong penance for a confessed thug.   For the last time on Maundy Thursday, Arthur Garcia dragged a wooden cross along the streets of this town. Garcia, who was notorious for harassing people on the streets, was whipped and lashed in a local version of the "Senakulo" (passion play) called "dakip" (arrest).   Dakip is a theatrical depiction of the hours before Christ was crucified, which involve crowds of actors beating up the man playing Jesus as he makes his way through the streets while carrying a heavy cross.   Garcia first volunteered to participate in dak...

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