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LTO chapel

At first glance, the above photo looks like that of a regular Catholic church. But then you take a closer look and there seems to be something unusual on the right side of the picture. And then you look at more photos (below) and realize what it is: This chapel doubles as a Land Transportation Office outlet.

Actually, according to the photo-sender who asks not to be named, this is, in fact, the LTO's main branch on East Avenue in Quezon City. "I just want to share my first time ever to visit the main branch of LTO," she said. "Contrary to what Jesus said--'My house shall be called a House of Prayer'--here's the LTO...inside a chapel. They should have kept the chapel separate from the business offices."

We haven't been to this place, so we won't comment on whether this is right or wrong. But we admit we're surprised that it has taken until now for someone to bring this to our attention. We imagine this must be pretty unpalatable to the faithful. The photos clearly show LTO clients using the chapel's pews to kill time and chat with one another.

Well, at least those who are renewing their license can just turn around and say a little prayer for their motoring sins. More important, perhaps this particular LTO branch is finally free of corrupt fixers.

 

LTO chapel

LTO chapel

LTO chapel

Vernon B. Sarne
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