At the height of the Bureau of Customs’ charging of extra taxes on “balikbayan boxes” or packages coming from OFWs abroad, the Philippine Postal Corporation or PhilPost seems to be following suit.
In a Facebook post published by Mhelody Olga, the state-governed postal service allegedly charged her a whopping Php15,959 in order to claim a package coming from London. The package contained a Gucci bag worth $1,200, and it was from that bag alone wherein the extra charges, supposedly for taxes, are taken.
Olga also claimed that the PhilPost personnel also opened the package and inspected the contents without her consent, and that was where the bag was found and appraised by checking its price on the internet. After charging her the said amount for taxes, Olga said she cannot pay for the said package. And when asked if the package would just be returned to the sender, which happens to be her aunt working in London, the postal service personnel said that the items would be given to the government instead.
The post has gone viral since it was first published on August 18, sparking a louder outcry from netizens and other concerned individuals on the new tax charges being imposed by the Bureau of Customs, and now with the PhilPost. A petition on change.org has likewise been making its rounds across social media in order to stop the BOC and PhilPost from making such acts that put a toll on the hard-earned pay of OFWs abroad.