Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had bulldozers destroy $1.2 million worth of smuggled cars at the Bureau of Customs, days after promising to dispose of vehicles brought into the Southeast Asian country illegally.
“Give it to the buyer of steel,” said Duterte. “They cannot have cars like that. But they can get something, make toys out of it.”
Last year alone, the Bureau of Customs seized $2.93 million worth of smuggled cars, part of a greater $866 million in seized goods according to government data.
“It does not pay to evade taxes in the Philippines so might as well stop trying, because you will never succeed,” said Duterte’s finance minister, Carlos Dominguez, just as 20 vehicles were about to be destroyed at a Manila port. Another 10 were bulldozed in ports in the cities of Davao and Cebu.
The Philstar reports that a P13.3 million ($258,000) McLaren supercar was also among the luxury cars seized by the Bureau of Customs, although there is no confirmation on whether or not it was destroyed.
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