Sunday, December 19, 2010

Manila 2010: Former Philippine president Arroyo 'disappears' from new P200 bill

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo visited by United Stat...Image via Wikipedia
Next time you get hold of a new, crisp 200-peso bill, don't be surprised if you find it difficult to locate the picture of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. It has been relegated to a small corner of the bill and the new dominant photo is that of the tarsier, a specially protected animal species found in a few places in the Philippines.

Due for circulation this month, the newly designed peso bank notes will showcase on the reverse side the country's top tourism spots.

The picture of Arroyo's inaugural ceremony in 2001--printed at the back of the existing P200 bill--will still appear on the bill, this time on the front side, although a bit too small for anyone to even decipher her face.

It is on the side dominated by the picture of her father, the late President Diosdado Macapagal.

"The swearing in of GMA is on the front side of the [new] 200-peso note," Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando Tetangco Jr. said in a text message to the Inquirer, answering insinuations that the former President was downgraded in the new design.

The new notes were launched the other day in Malacanang (the presidential palace).

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