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.
Manila, Philippines – Got money? Watch out, Kim Henares will go after you.
Henares is the commissioner of the Philippines’ Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), the counterpart of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). She has gained the reputation of going after the big fish – Filipinos like world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and newly-crowned X Factor Israel winner Rose Fostanes. Henares wants a chunk of their earnings abroad.
Analysts say that Henares’ actions are a desperate attempt to save her tax agency from bankruptcy. The BIR, which many Filipinos consider among the most corrupt agencies, continues to face declining revenues due to widespread tax evasion schemes especially among the country’s richest tycoons.
However, The Adobo Chronicles learned that Pacquiao and Fostanes are joining hands to challenge Henares in court and prevent her from taxing their foreign earnings. In papers to be filed in court today, Pacquiao and Fostanes claim that the BIR has no authority to collect taxes from their prize money earned in the U.S. and Israel, respectively.
“That is why the agency is called Bureau of INTERNAL Revenue,” lawyers said, so earnings outside the Philippines should be off limits to the tax agency.”