Pacquiaoâ€™s foundation sued over used clothes
MANILA, Philippines – A charitable foundation of boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao has been sued for allegedly refusing to foot a $35,000 bill for the shipment of several containers of used clothes to the Philippines.
Celebrity website TMZ reported that the Manny Pacquiao Foundation was sued by a logistics company hired by the foundation.
Pacquiao's foundation reportedly hired the company to ship several containers filled with "relief goods" to the Philippines country back in 2009.
"The containers were inspected by the Philippines authorities and found to have contained used clothing rather than relief goods and have held such containers as a violation of Philippine laws," according to the complaint.
The logistics company, which was not identified by TMZ, said the used clothes were confiscated by Philippine officials.
The company implied that the Manny Pacquiao used the incident to dodge the $35,805.36 bill for the shipment.
The firm asserted that it was the foundation's responsibility to correctly label the goods.
The Philippine government banned the importation of used clothes several years ago in a bid to stop smuggling via commercial ukay-ukay (used clothes) outlets.
Pacquiao to revamp foundation
Meanwhile, Pacquiao has decided to revamp the foundation’s board of directors in view of the lawsuits filed.
Philboxing’s Ronnie Nathanielsz reported that the fighting congressman has decided to bring into his foundation Top Rank promoter Bob Arum; Las Vegas hotel, real estate and casino magnate Steve Wynn; lawyer David Marroso, and a group of doctors from the Cleveland Medical Center.