Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach’s earnings from the prestigious pageant are currently the subject of a tug-of-war match between the Bureau of Internal Revenue which seeks to tax her, and two congressmen who aim to exempt her from paying taxes.
Brothers Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez and Abante Mindanao Party-list Rep. Maximo Rodriguez filed House Bill 6367 in favor of Pia, the Manila Bulletin reported.
The special bill will give the 26-year-old beauty queen who also hails from Cagayan de Oro City special exemptions for her earnings in Miss Universe.
“In view of the tremendous achievement of Kagay-ayon Ms. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach and for bringing pride and honor to the Philippines by winning the 2015 Miss Universe pageant, it is only right that all her winnings and prizes be exempt from any form of taxes and duties,” they said.
They added that Pia is deserving of special tax privileges after putting an end to the country’s Miss Universe title drought that lasted 42 years.
Pia will reportedly earn $300,000 (roughly P14.3 million) among other personal perks from her 1-year contract as Miss Universe reigning queen.
Earlier, BIR Commissioner Kim Henares reminded Pia to compute for and pay the right taxes when she returns to the country.
The BIR also said only Congress can make a move to exempt her earnings from taxes by coming out with a special legislation similar to Miss International 1964 Gemma Cruz-Araneta’s case.
Pia is scheduled to arrive in the country for the first time on January 23 after being crowned Miss Universe.