READ: The truth behind the viral photo of Cardinal Tagle while kissing Bautista's foot

A photo of Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, the 32nd Archbishop of Manila while kissing the foot of the controversial Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chairman Andres 'Andy' Bautista went viral on social media which drawn different reactions from netizens.

Netizens asked if the photo was edited or not. Upon verifying, the photo came out to be real as GMA News Online dated March 24, 2016 revealed the truth behind it.

The said photo was taken during the washing of the feet ceremonies at the Manila Cathedral on Maundy Thursday, last year.

"Saying in his homily that Christ's washing of the feet of the disciples showed that true love comes with service, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Maundy Thursday also washed the feet of Comelec chairman Andres Bautista, other election officials and those from the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting. The ceremonies came weeks before the May 9 elections," as read in the caption.

The Comelec chair became controversial after his estranged wife, Patricia Paz exposed alleged documents that proves Bautista has amassed a near to P1 billion ill-gotten wealth and undeclared in his recent State of Asset, Liabilities, and Net Worth.

On the other hand, Bautista denied the said accusations saying those are just family investments.

Source: GMA Network