Everyone wants to be rich. You have to admit there’s a certain excitement you get when you hold money in your hands – especially if they’re P1,000 bills. After all, you control a semblance of power in your hands. Everything can be bought by money – at least, materialistic and physical possessions. A group of young men caught netizens’ attention when they were seen burning Philippine paper money.
A video was posted on Facebook by user Jesse Watari Bolante; where it has currently has a whopping 1.8 million views, 1.4 thousand likes and reactions, 1,178 shares and 1.6 thousand comments as of writing.
Unfortunately, the user did not provide any kind of description at all to explain the situation caught on video. It was a short clip but its contents were enough to gain widespread social media attention.
The video showed a small group of young men as they burned paper money. Based on the clip, one paper bill amounted to ₱50. It couldn’t be determined if the other one was also a ₱50 or a ₱20 bill due to the low resolution of the recording.
After they burned the paper bills, they raised their arms in the air and dropped the bills on the floor in a simultaneous manner. It appeared as if they were all taking it as a joke.
Most were enraged about the act while others carelessly said that it was just a ₱50 bill. However, it is important to note that defacing, tearing, burning, or destroying paper bills and coins is a violation of Presidential Decree No. 247.
According to Official Gazette, the decree states the following:
1. That it shall be unlawful for any person to willfully deface, mutilate, tear, burn or destroy, in any manner whatsoever, currency notes and coins issued by the Central Bank of the Philippines;
2. That any person who shall violate this Decree shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not more than twenty thousand pesos and/or by imprisonment of not more than five years.
Based on the description above, it seems pretty clear that the young men have a potential offense that may be held against them.
In a separate post, the video uploader said that the young men have apologized. Here are the pictures that accompanied her post:
However, her claims cannot be proven as of the moment. Here is her status:
While here are some of the netizens’ comments about the burning of the paper bills:
Here is the controversial video:
WARNING: Scenes contain themes that are not suitable for minors. Discretion is advised.
What do you think about this, readers? What would you do if you saw someone burning a paper money? Let us know your thoughts about this in the comments section below!