On September 2017, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) retrieved “misdeclared luxury cars and auto parts“ worth around PHP 10 million at the Manila International Container Port (MICP).
Based on ABS-CBN News’ report, the government agency retrieved a 40-footer shipment that was delivered by Juljerjac Trading. It originally came from Hong Kong and it was only declared to contain auto parts.
However, the agency discovered that the shipment contained two used Mercedes-Benz and several auto parts.
In an interview with the source, district collector Vincent Maronilla said, “This is a prima facie evidence of misdeclaration, hence we will issue a warrant of seizure and detention against Juljerjac Trading’s smuggled motor vehicles.”
In an additional report from Manila Times, Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña was cited as saying, “I commend all the BOC personnel instrumental in the apprehension of these luxury cars. I call on you to always safeguard our ports from all forms of smuggling.”
They also mentioned that the agency seized the shipment for violating the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) in relation to Section 3 of Executive Order 156. According to the particular EO, used motor vehicles are not supposed to be imported.
Now, five months after the Customs has seized the items, GMA News Online reported that President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the agency to destroy the luxury cars.
Lapeña said in the interview, “This is a presidential directive coming from the President and I agree… these will be destroyed to send a strong message to the smugglers, para hindi na sila uulit-ulit pa.”
Apparently, more luxury cars were shipped to the Philippines following the initial shipment of the Mercedes-Benz. A McLaren sports car, Lamborghini, and a Ferrari were also discovered by the government agency.
They were supposed to be auctioned off but Lapeña said that it might be possible for the cars to be smuggled again. He shared, “Pag nahuli, eh di i-aauction, ang mananalo sa auction sila-sila din.”
Watch the video report about this below, as uploaded to the official Facebook page of GMA News:
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