BOC explains why no Ferrari, Lambo, McLaren smashed in luxury car
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Friday said the 22 luxury vehicles including high-end sports cars which were alerted on separate occasions at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) were still subjects of an ongoing litigation.
“Resolving the instant cases necessitates that due process is observed by giving the parties involved the opportunity to present their case,” MICP District Collector Balmyrson Valdez said in a statement.
This explains why no supercar was included in the BOC’s destruction of 20 smuggled luxury vehicles at the Port Area in Manila and 10 other smuggled vehicles at the Ports of Davao and Cebu during its anniversary last Tuesday.
Luxury cars including a brand new McLaren, two brand new units of 2017 Chevrolet Camaro, two brand new units of 2017 Range Rover, one brand new 2017 Land Rover Evoque and 12 brand new units of Toyota Land Cruisers which were all consigned to Gamma Gray Marketing were still under legal proceedings.
A 2005 Ferrari F430 2006 and Lamborghini Murcielago consigned to Mary Joy Aguanta and Veronica Angeles, respectively, were declared forfeited in favor of the government by the MICP.
A Lamborghini Gallardo and a Rolls Royce consigned to Allan Usman Garcia and Roy Garchitorena, respectively, were alerted in February 2018 and are now under examination and verification of import documents.
A warrant of seizure and detention will be issued once the customs authorities find a probable cause to issue the same.
Lapeña dispelled doubts and rumors that these supercars have been spared from destruction.
“There are still a few who do illicit activities at the Bureau of Customs. This has to stop. We will not allow smugglers to blatantly disregard our laws, rules, and regulations on importation. The Bureau of Customs will be drastic in its efforts to combat smuggling and all forms of corruption,” he said. (PNA)