Local Vlogger Ivana Alawi is under Investigation by the DWSD.
Ivana Alawi’s “palimos” (begging alms) prank on her YouTube channel already racked over 12 million views and 1.5 million likes since she uploaded it last March 14.
Most netizens posted positive replies on the actress’ YouTube page’s comments section. Reactions, however, were mixed on news media sites.
There were those commending the vlogger for her kind deed and wished her well and for more “blessings” to come her way.
In the video, Ivana can be seen disguised as a beggar on the streets of Manila while looking for kind souls who would give her alms. She said she would multiply by a thousand anyone who would give her money. A gasoline boy, a barangay tanod and vendors were among those who gave her money.
Ivana said in the video that she was inspired to do it because she observed the growing number of beggars on the streets during the pandemic.
While some netizens lauded her act, others pointed out the existence of the Presidential Decree 1563 or the Anti-Mendicancy Law of 1978, signed by President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
It has been that an estimated income in excess of 2,000,000pesos has been generated for her since the posting of the video.