Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas reminds people not to deface currency

You could go to jail

First of all, why would you want to vandalize cash? We assume the ability to make a purchase is important, so making marks on money that would render it slightly useless makes little sense.


However, if you do have the urge to add a mustache on Manuel Roxas’ mug, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas would like to remind you that it’s a criminal offense. You could pay a fine of P20,000 or even go to jail for violating Presidential Decree 247. The decree is signed by Former President Ferdinand Marcos, and it states:


Defacing, mutilating, tearing, or partially burning or destroying our currency by any means renders it unfit for circulation, thereby unduly shortening its lifetime, and such acts unfavorably reflect on the discipline of our people and create a bad image for our country.

Any person who shall violate this Decree shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not more than P20,000 and/or by imprisonment of not more than 5 years.


So maybe, think twice before sending a love note on a P100 bill. We know some people do that.


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