President Rodrigo Duterte led the destruction of the third batch of smuggled luxury cars worth a whopping PHP 34.7 million yesterday.
As seen in the live coverage of the Presidential Comms, over a hundred luxury vehicles were demolished at the grounds of Bureau of Customs in Manila. Included in the list were 112 brand new Vespa scooters, two Triumph motorcycles, a Harley Davidson motorcyle, and a used BMW motorcycle.
The cars, on the other hand, consisted of two Land Rovers, a Mitsubishi Pajero, and a Volvo Car. According to Kicker Daily, two used 2002 and 2005 Ford Ecoline E350 were also part of the destroyed vehicles.
We can recall that the first condemnation of smuggled luxury cars took place on February 6 in the same port. The second was on March 14 at Port Irene in Cagayan, with cars of PHP 27.2 million value also demolished.
Since he took office as the Philippine’s President in June 2016, Duterte has been vocal about his plans on ‘purifying’ the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). As such, the function involving the aforementioned high-end cars is only the beginning.
“I don’t want to see any vehicle in any warehouse or any Customs area. I want all these destroyed so that there will be no more smuggled vehicles.
“You know historically the purgatory of the Philippines and the people look at these two agencies with disdain and even they are cynical and I had to look for the best men to run these two organizations: the BOC and the BIR.“
Meanwhile, BOC Commissioner Isidro Lapena assured the public a much better agency these upcoming days.
“You can expect more positive changes and reform in the BOC in the coming days.”
Watch as Pres. Rodrigo Duterte oversees the destruction of illegally imported luxury cars below: