21 June 2021 –
Seven of these vehicles were seized from various ports of Philippines including Manila International Container Port, Port of Manila and Port of Subic.
New Delhi: The Philippine board of customs destroyed 21 smuggled motor vehicles worth P58.55 million (INR 8.8 crore) last Friday in Manila and Cagayan de Oro.
Seven of these vehicles were seized from various ports of the Philippines including Manila International Container Port, Port of Manila and Port of Subic. The list of cars includes one new McLaren 620R and one used Hyundai Genesis, a used Bentley 2007, a used Porsche 911 C2S, a Mercedes-Benz, a Lotus vehicle and a Toyota Solara.
Similarly, 14 knocked down Mitsubishi jeeps seized by the port of Cagayan de Oro were destroyed simultaneously at Diamond Logistics Baloy, Cagayan de Oro.
The motor vehicles were shipped into the country by different consignees and seized on separate occasions from 2018 to 2020.
The destruction of the vehicles follows the Presidential Directive 2017-447, in which President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterated the need to destroy smuggled vehicles to send a strong message that the government is serious in its efforts against smuggling.
This is the second condemnation activity undertaken by the Philippine customs this year involving various smuggled vehicles. Last February the BOC also destroyed 17 motor vehicles from MICP, Port of Cebu, and Port of Manila.