MANILA (Mabuhay) — Boxer and mixed martial arts fighter Jujeath Nagaowa’s world championship belt was taxed almost P6,000 because the shipment was consigned to another person, the Internal Administration Group of the Bureau of Customs has said.
Arturo Lachica of the BOC-IAG said the the tax could have been avoided had the belt been under the name of Nagaowa who recently won the international light flyweight title of the Women’s International Boxing Association.
“Ang rule kasi, pag di mo (dala), dapat ma-prove natin na sa kanya yun,” Lachica said.
“The belt was consigned to another person…. I think the customs official simply performed yung function,” he added.
Lachica said the belt wasn’t with Nagaowa when she returned to the country. It was shipped after several weeks.
“Ang narinig ko sa interview, hindi readily available yung belt, so she has to go home. Ang belt was shipped later na. Hindi later within the day. I think it involved several weeks,” Lachica ended.
Lachica, nonetheless, said it was not yet too late for Nagaowa to get a refund after securing the necessary exemption from the Department of Finance.
“Sinabi naman ni commissioner , pwede namang ma-refund… It’s not yet too late na ma-refund yun,” he said, citing BOC commissioner Alberto Lina’s earlier comments. (MNS)