Ipapasa na sana ang mukha ni dating Pangulo Ferdinand Marcos bilang at umano’y orihinal na imahe sa ating 500 pisong salapi ngunit ito’y pinalitan ni Corazon Aquino noong siya’y nahalal na Pangulo.
Isiniwalat sa isang artikulo mula sa 2008 Toronto’s Celebrate Magazine na may pamagat na How I “Made Money” for the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas ni Romeo Castillo MananQuil.
“The 500-peso Marcos bill was slated for production in late 1985. However, when a snap election was scheduled. The circulation of the newly printed bills was put on hold in deference to the law against electioneering as Marcos, whose image appeared on the new bank note was the incumbent running against Corazon Aquino.”
“My 500-peso Marcos bill was never circulated and with the events that proceeded: the snap elections, the disputed victory of Marcos, the success of People’s Power in February 1986 and the instatement of Aquino as President, it perhaps seemed fitting that any vestiges of the overthrown government were thrown off.”
“President Corazon Aquino soon ordered the redesign of the bill to honour her husband, Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino whose 1983 slaying became the catalyst for change and the new democracy’s rallying cry for the overthrow of Marcos. Though I was once again tasked with the redesign of the bill, my family’s move to Canda prevented me from taking on the assignment.”
Makikita na ito ang dating itsura ng 500 pisong salapi ngunit dahil sa kapangyarihan ni Cory bilang Pangulo, kanyang iniba ang disenyo at ipinalit ang mukha ng kanyang asawang si Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. sa naturang salapi.
Ang tanong rito, tama ba ang kanyang ginawa? Hindi pa nga magawang patunayan ng mga Aquino na si Marcos nga ang nagpautos na ipapatay si Ninoy, ngunit siya’y agad-agad na tinuring kalaban ng bayan.