The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has warned that those caught printing images and designs of money, such as those who sold an envelope that looked like P1,000, could be jailed.
In a statement on Wednesday, the BSP said five to 10 years imprisonment could be imposed on those who print the image of money.
This is in accordance with, “Circular No. 829, series of 2014, the act of reproducing the image of any legal tender Philippine currency banknotes, or any part of one, whether in black and white, in color, or combination of colors, without authority or approval from the BSP. ”
The BSP issued the warning following the arrest of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) personnel, along with the BSP Payments and Currency Investigation Group (PCIG), on selling an envelope with the face and design of a 1000-Piso New Generation Currency banknote.
“The public may be allowed to reproduce images of Philippine banknotes if authorization or approval from the BSP has been secured for educational, historical, numismatic, newsworthy, or other relevant purposes that will maintain, promote, or enhance the integrity and dignity of the Philippine currency,” its statement said.
“The public may request approval from the BSP to print or reproduce images of Philippine banknotes through the PCIG at email address firstname.lastname@example.org,” it added.
Curfew on NCR minors starts 10 pm until 4 am
Metro Manila mayors will enforce a curfew for ages 17 and under at precisely 10 p.m. until 4 a.m., according to Metro Manila Council chairperson Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez.
“’Yun pong ating curfew pinatutupad po natin yan sa minor. Lahat po kami, local government unit (LGU) sa Metro Manila, may specific ordinance. Yung atin pong mga 17 and below ‘yan po ay pinai-implement po ang ating curfew from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m.,” the mayor said.
“Sa minor po ‘yan that is 17 years old and below, yung po adults wala pa pong curfew na pinagkakasunduan po doon,” he added.
NCR is currently on Alert Level 3 until January 15, 2022, based on the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), following the increase in COVID-19 cases in the country.
Olivarez also said that the Metro Manila Council, which includes 17 mayors, has agreed to keep NCR at Alert Level 3 even though the health care utilization rate in the region is already at 55%.