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An excavator truck is seen crushing a new McLaren 620R in a war against smuggling.

PHOTO BY BUREAU OF CUSTOMS


McLaren, 20 luxury cars destroyed to warn smugglers

 

MANILA – A McLaren and a Bentley were among 21 smuggled luxury cars destroyed as a “strong warning” to smugglers, according to the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

The luxury cars, valued at Dh58.55 million were simultaneously destroyed by BOC in Manila and Cagayan De Oro on Friday. Watch the video:

An excavator truck was seen crushing the new McLaren 620R, as well as a Lotus car, Bentley, Porsche 911 C2S, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai Genesis and Toyota Solara.

Fourteen Mitsubishi Jeeps seized in Cagayan De Oro were also destroyed.

The cars were shipped in to the Philippines by various consignees and seized on separate occasions from 2018 to 2020, according to BOC.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has issued a directive to destroy smuggled vehicles to “send the strong message that the government is serious in its efforts against smuggling”.

Last February, the BOC also destroyed 17 smuggled vehicles in Manila and Cebu. FAY/Expat Media


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