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Customs demolishes P61.63-M worth of smuggled luxury cars

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Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte ordered the destruction of smuggled luxury vehicles on Feb. 6. — PHOTO: ELIJAH JOSEPH C. TUBAYAN

THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) destroyed P61.63 million worth of luxury cars on Tuesday, Feb.6, as ordered by President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Twenty smuggled cars, including Lexus, BMW, Benz, Audi, Jaguar, and Corvette models, were destroyed in the Port of Manila. Not included were the Lamborghini, Ferrari, and McLaren models that the BoC seized in November.

The vehicles destroyed were worth less than the P150.47-million worth of smuggled vehicles the Customs seized in 2017.

The BoC also said that seven smuggled cars were destroyed in the Port of Davao, and three in the Port of Cebu. — Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan with multimedia report from Santiago Jose J. Arnaiz