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Demolition Duterte: Philippines leader bulldozes luxury cars to send
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Published time: 6 Feb, 2018 12:16Edited time: 7 Feb, 2018 09:03
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Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte hammered home his new policy on car
smuggling by overseeing the demolition of dozens of seized luxury vehicles
worth almost $1.2 million.

Some 29 smuggled high-end vehicles, including models of BMW, Jaguar,
Mercedes Benz and Corvette, were simultaneously crushed by road rollers at
three of the country’s ports on Tuesday.
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The majority of cars were destroyed at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) grounds
in Manila where Duterte was present for the ceremonial condemnation.
Tuesday also marks the celebration of the116th founding anniversary of the
Bureau of Customs.

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Seven more vehicles were bulldozed in Davao City and three in Cebu.The cars
were worth at least US$1.19 million in total.

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The dramatic wrecking sends a clear message to smugglers by demonstrating
Duterte’s determination to crack down on unscrupulous vehicle importers.

*“You want imported cars? Pay import duties first,”* Duterte said
 last week, announcing the new strategy.*“It will now become policy to
bulldoze smuggled luxury vehicles,”* a presidential spokesman confirmed.

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The new practice marks a clear departure from the usual procedure of
auctioning smuggled vehicles to generate additional revenue for the
government. Duterte said that disposing of the confiscated cars at an
auction would only give the smugglers an opportunity to secure them legally..

The BOC recently seized P24.3 million ($472,149) worth of used luxury cars
and overweight steel products from Australia, the United Arab Emirates
(UAE), and China at the Manila International Container Port. Two
Lamborghinis and a Ferrari were among the luxury cars confiscated in the
November 2017 seizure, reported the Manila Bulletin

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