MANILA – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) clarified that Filipina flyweight champion Jujeath Nagaowa was billed a lower amount for her Women’s International Boxing Association (WIBA) world title belt, correcting the 27 year-old boxer’s earlier claims.
The BOC also explained that the championship belt was still taxed as it was claimed by boxing promoter Brico Santig. If Nagaowa herself took the belt, it would have been exempted from customs duties.
Holding a copy of the transaction’s official receipt, BOC district collector Ed Macabeo disclosed that the championship belt was only charged P3,630, contrary to the boxing champion’s claim that she paid P5,819.13 to retrieve the belt.
He added that the belt’s total importation tax due was initially at P4,467, with a customs duty at P2,318, a value added tax amounting to P2,134 and a Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) stamp worth P15. This payment was later on ‘readjusted’ and lowered to just P3,630.
“The tentative computation showed on her Facebook account is different from the tentative computation used in settling the duties and taxes. Ms. Nagaowa posted on her Facebook page a tentative computation amounting to P5,819 while the one attached to the importation records is for P4,467,” Macabeo said.
Nagaowa, however, stood by her claims and asserted that she was not issued a receipt on her payment but was only given a copy of the computation of duties and taxes imposed on her belt.
“That was the only document the BOC gave us,” she said in a Philippine Daily Inquirer report, mentioning that she even shared on her Facebook account a photo of the department’s computation.
“I would have posted the official receipt if we were given one by the customs people,” she added.
Nagaowa earlier stated that her championship belt was given an estimated value of P20,147.77, entailing a customs duty at P3,027.13 and a value added tax amounting to P2,782.
“It hurts that after battling full 10 rounds of boxing for this belt and after some days of agony waiting for its arrival in my place, [there’s] so much disappointed ‘cause this big thing of mine is also waiting for me for a trade before claiming it,” she said.
“[I am] just lucky enough with friends, so must have to pay for it than losing the only evidence I could have that once in my existence,” she added. “I gambled my life for a lifetime treasure that others may take over my throne but can’t take this crown.”
The Filipina boxer won the WIBA light flyweight title in her boxing match against China’s Lou Yu Jie earlier this year. The championship belt was recently shipped to her from Macau.