NINOY AQUINO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach arrived in her native Philippines today to a warm welcome at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). She wasn’t wearing her $300,000 crown.
In her brief statement upon arrival, Wurtzbach thanked all who trooped to the airport in the early hours of the morning to welcome her. She did not mention anything about her missing crown.
However, The Adobo Chronicles just learned that the crown was personally confiscated by the Philippines’ chief tax woman, Kim Henares of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). The BIR commissioner was on hand to greet her at the airport’s VIP lounge with an official tax statement demanding $30,000 (1.4 Million pesos) in taxes for the bejeweled crown.
When Wurtzbach refused to pay up, saying that the crown is just “on loan” to her for the duration of her reign, Henares ordered her tax agents to confiscate the crown.
Miss Universe is scheduled to hold a press conference tomorrow and is expected to reveal details of the confiscated crown.