Duterte furious at fast car smugglers: No more auction, all hot Ferraris, Lambo, Mercs to be steamrolled
It’s the end of the road for fast car smugglers.
President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Bureau of Customs to stop the auction of all smuggled cars to prevent bilyonaryo boys from getting their toys without paying taxes and duties.
Duterte said he was on to the racket of fast car smugglers who end up buying their imports through BOC auctions.
“That’s why I had those automobiles destroyed.What usually happens is they’ll import. The consignee who was supposedly the one who had the automobile imported is fictitious, fake. The name is fake. And if no one claims those cars, the government will have to confiscate it but will just leave it there,” said Duterte.
Duterte explained the modus operandi of the smugglers with the BOC holding an empty bag despite seizing these smuggled cars.
“The time will come that the government will say, ‘Alright, let’s sell this now because there is no claimant, there’s no owner’. And so they’ll call the person who really had those cars imported and tell them, ‘The cars that you imported are being auctioned now’.”
“So the persons involved will gather. They’re the only ones who know that there is an auction so they’ll be the only ones who can buy these vehicles. They’ll purchase the type of vehicle that they want. So that’s the reason why there are no longer any auctions of this nature. So you import one. If you can’t pay for it, there’s no clearance,” he said.
Duterte said the final solution to this racket was to destroy the hot cars.
“I bought a new steamroller so that those automobiles will be really flat afterwards. This steamroller is the really wide one…Don’t fool around with me. When I say stop, you stop,” said Duterte in a speech.
Duterte said he has ordered Acting Interior Secretary Eduardo Año to give every scrap from the supercars wreckage to junkyard operators.
“How about you who are rich? Here are your automobiles. I’m not gonna give you anything, not even a single screw. I’ll give this to the metal and junk collectors. I’m sure this is like a feast to them. This will make them really happy,” Duterte said.