MANILA – The Customs Office (BOC) on Friday organized the second simultaneous destruction of contraband motor vehicles this year, involving 21 cars worth PHP 58.55 million in Manila and Cagayan de Oro.
In a statement, the office said the vehicles destroyed in Manila came from the Manila International Container Port (MICP), the Port of Manila (POM) and the Port of Subic.
The seven motor vehicles include an all-new McLaren 620R and a used Hyundai Genesis from POM; used Bentley 2007, Porsche 911 C2S and Mercedes-Benz from MICP; and Lotus and Toyota Solara from the Port of Subic, which were rounded up and condemned in Port Area, Manila.
Meanwhile, 14 overturned used Mitsubishi jeeps seized by the port of Cagayan de Oro were simultaneously destroyed at Diamond Logistic in Baloy, Barangay Tablon.
The motor vehicles were shipped to the country by different consignees and seized on different occasions from 2018 to 2020.
The condemnation of vehicles is in line with Presidential Directive 2017-447, in which President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterated the need to destroy contraband vehicles to send the strong message that the government is serious in its efforts against smuggling.
The condemnation activity was observed by representatives of the Ministry of Finance (DOF), the Audit Commission (COA) and key BOC officials led by Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero.
On February 9, the office also destroyed 17 motor vehicles from the MICP, the Port of Cebu and the Port of Manila. (ANP)