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PIA Press Release
2007/08/16

Commentary: Destroyed luxury cars showcase government's firm anti-smuggling campaign

Manila (16 August) -- The destruction of 18 smuggled luxury cars recovered by the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Task Force (PASTF) pushed through at about 1:45 pm, today.

Accordingly, the gesture reflected the government's determination to pursue and strengthen its campaign against smugglers. Auctioning as an option was not considered for the vehicles could end up in the hands of the smugglers themselves.

Meanwhile, other luxury vehicles were spared from being demolished because the consignees have gone to court and filed for a temporary restraining order (TRO). The demolition of these vehicles would depend on how the legal processes would go.

The business sector lauded the destruction of undocumented high-end vehicles for it showed the government's determination to curb corruption. According to Jess Arranza, President of the Federation of Philippine Industries, from the year 2002 to 2006 the government had lost P115 billion due to technical smuggling. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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