Dec. 29 (UPI) -- The central bank of the Philippines is recalling banknotes that were issued without the face of President Manuel Roxas due to a printing error.
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said an investigation into reports of "faceless" banknotes determined an error in its printing machines was to blame for the lack of Roxas' presence on the cash and the affected bills were distributed by ATMs owned by the Bank of the Philippine Islands.
"The BSP encourages the individuals affected to turn over the misprinted notes," the BSP said in a statement on its website. "Those individuals may, during office hours, either at its head office in Manila or its Security Plant Complex in Quezon City visit the BSP."
The misprinted money went viral after a woman named Earla Anne Yehey posted photos of the faceless banknotes she received on Christmas Day from a BPI ATM. Scattered social media posts from other ATM customers followed.
BSP officials said only 33 of the 100 peso banknotes were printed without Roxas' face.
"The incident is isolated. There should be no cause for alarm," CNN Philippines quoted Carlyn Pangilinan, the BSP's managing director for currency management, as telling reporters Thursday.
Yehey said she has received multiple offers to purchase her misprinted bills, but she plans to hang onto them as souvenirs after turning only one of the banknotes over to BSP to aid in their investigation.