Pinay boxer Jujeath Nagaowa expressed her disappointment with the Bureau of Customs (BOC) after being told she had to pay almost P6,000 to claim her championship belt.
The 27-year-old boxer who took home the title of international light flyweight champion of Women’s International Boxing Association (IBA) during her fight against Chinese boxer Lou Yu Jie last June 8 had to shell out P5,819 in taxes in order to get her belt from the BOC.
According to a report by Inquirer, Nagaowa received a computation from the BOC informing her that the value of her belt was P20, 147.77. The BOC charged P3,027.13 for duty and P2,782 for value added tax.
In Nagaowa’s interview with Radyo Inquirer 990 AM, Nagaowa revealed that the BOC staff dictated the value based on a championship belt previously valued at $700.
Nagaowa said, “Sila po (ang nagdictate ng value.) May nagpadala din daw ng belt din na ang nakalagay din doon na $700. Estimate na yung $400 na yun ah, may discount na yan.”
(They were the ones who dictated the value. There was someone else who had sent a belt and the indicated value was $700. The estimated value was $400, which already had a discount.)
A mixed martial artist and a boxer, Jujeath Nagaowa from Benguet has fought for world titles in the Women’s International Boxing Association and International Female Boxers Association. She has a total of 13 wins, 15 loss, one draw with 8 knockouts.