Manny Piñol Claims BSP Should Not Feat Politicians to Banknotes Designs
Senatorial aspirant Manny Piñol said that Bank Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) should not feat politicians faces to the designs of the banknotes.
Manny Piñol, a former Agriculture Secretary who is now a senatorial candidate, reacted to the BSP’s decision to change the appearance of the country’s banknotes. The BSP recently decided to modify the design of peso banknotes, including the P1,000 bill.
The Philippine Eagle was erected in place of the photos of the WWII heroes José Abad Santos, Vicente Lim, and Josefa Llanes Escoda. The redesign has sparked debate and drawn reactions from the online community and personalities.
Piñol had a lot of questions about the BSP’s work, such as why they changed the materials they utilized to create money. Making a change in the design of money, according to the senatorial candidate, should first go through consultation.
“As a Filipino citizen who pays taxes dutifully, gusto ko lang magtanong. Sino po ba ang nagde-desisyon kung ano ang materyales at disenyo na gagamitin sa pag-gawa ng ating pera? Our legal tender is the economic face of our nation. Next to the flag, it represents our country.” said Piñol.
“I believe that any decision to change the material in making our bills from the endemic Abaca fiber to the imported polymer plastic should go through a consultative process. Ganoon din ang desisyon sa kung anong disenyo at larawan ang ilalagay sa ating pera. Abaca pinalitan ng plastic at larawan ng mga bayani pinalitan ng ibon, desisyon lang ng Bangko Sentral?” he added.
Piñol also submitted a suggestion, stating that only people regarded as national heroes, rather than politicians, should be included in the fund. He also named Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Aguinaldo, Apolinario Mabini, Marcelo H. Del Pilar, Sultan Dipatuan Kudarat, Juan Luna, Melchora Aquino, and Gabriela to the National Heroes Commission’s roster of heroes.
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