Reprinted from GMA-7 News
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is investigating how an automated teller machine (ATM) in Dagupan City coughed out a P1,000 bill that turned out to be fake.
A woman who used the ATM along AB Fernandez Avenue ended up with the fake bill after she withdrew P1,500 from it, GMA Dagupan reported Wednesday.
She said she did not know the P1,000 bill was fake until she paid for her purchases at a bakery and was told the P1,000 bill was counterfeit.
The woman said that when she talked to representatives of the bank concerned, she was told its bills came from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
But the BSP said it is not the one placing cash into the ATM.
"So we have no control kung ano yung mga nilo-load nila. Pero definitely we can say na we do not have counterfeit loads dito sa Bangko Sentral," said Luzviminda Soriano of BSP Dagupan City.
For now, Soriano said the BSP will have to confiscate the P1,000 bill because it is fake. She said they will forward the bill to the BSP head office.
Meanwhile, the woman who got the fake bill said she is hoping people would be more alert about the cash they withdraw.
"Dapat po siyempre may managot dito kasi galing naman ito roon eh. So ang gusto lang po talaga naming mangyari is mapalitan ito kasi ano rin parang tatlong araw ko na sahod ito," she said.
GMA News tried to get the side of the bank involved but its management declined to comment. — Joel Locsin/VC, GMA News