Elias tries to convince Ibarra to leave the country as the two men make their way up the Pasig river in a small boat. Elias reveals he had taken money from Ibarra’s burning house and had buried it at the foot of the balete in the woods for Ibarra to use to live a new life.
Elias: "I'll hide you now in the house of a friend of mine in Mandaluyong. I'll bring you all your money, which I saved and buried at the foot of balete in the mysterious tomb of your grandfather. Then you will leave the country."
Ibarra: "To go abroad?"
Elias: "To live out in peace the days of life that remain to you. You have friends in Spain, you are rich, you can get yourself pardoned. In every way a foreign country is for us a better fatherland than our own."
Ibarra: "You advised me to go abroad then come with me and will live like brothers. Here you also are wretched."
Elias: "Impossible! It’s true that I cannot love or be happy in my country, but I can suffer and die in it, and perhaps for it that is always something. May the misfortunes of my native land be my own misfortunes and, although no noble sentiment unites us, although our hearts do not beat to a single name, at least may the common calamity bind me to my countrymen, at least may I weep over our sorrows with them, may the same hard fate oppress all our hearts alike!"
As they reach the lake, police boats appear. The police then started to shot Elias multiple times. Elias acquired many bodily wounds due to multiple gunshots that hits him.
Elias jumps into the water to draw the pursuers away. The police repeatedly fire at him as he swims away.