Check Your P1,000 Bills: President Duterte's Name May be Misspelled

It might be worth much more than P1,000.
IMAGE Wikipedia

UPDATE (30 September 2020): The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas replied to Esquire Philippines' query and said the image on Wikipedia is not legal tender. 

"Upon verification by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the 1000-Piso banknote with the alleged misspelled middle name of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte...and featured in a story on your website is not legal tender," said Elisha Lirios, acting director for the BSP's communication office. "The serial number shown in the said banknote does not match any of the ones issued by the BSP for the 1000-Piso Enhanced New Generation Currency banknote."

Original story follows

President Rodrigo Duterte’s named is misspelled in a photo of the P1000 bill posted on Wikipedia.

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Instead of “Rodrigo Roa Duterte,” the bank note says “Rodrigo Boa Duterte.” The Wikipedia file says it was created on August 12, 2020

Photo by Wikipedia / screenshot.

Photo by Wikipedia.

The error was first spotted by an eagle-eyed Reddit user, who posted about it over the weekend. The post, however, seems to have been deleted.

However, the photo is still up on Wikipedia as of Monday, September 28. 

This could mean that there are notes in circulation with the misspelled name. 

We have reached out to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and will update this story with their reply. 

If proven to be true, this isn’t the first time that there has been a spelling error on a Philippine bank note.

In 2005, the BSP recalled P100 notes that misspelled then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s name as “Arrovo.’ The BSP said then that only about 1,000 pieces of the bank note were released into general circulation, and these have since shot up in value over the years, particularly for collectors. 

In the early 1980's, there was also a spelling error for the Philippine Eagle on the 50-cent coin, whose scientific name was written as Pithecobaga jefferyi instead of Pithecopaga jefferyi.

In 2017, P100 bank notes that did not bear the image of former President Manuel Roxas also began popping up on social media. The BSP said the mistake was due to a rare misprint.

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