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Phillipines Orders Destruction Of Smuggled Luxury Cars

August 13, 2007

PHILLIPINES - President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ordered Friday night the destruction of smuggled luxury vehicles intercepted recently by the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Task Force (PASTF).

Presidential Management Staff (PMS) chief Cerge Remonde said Saturday the move aims to send a “strong message” to smugglers that the government is serious against smuggling.

He said the cars to be destroyed include expensive sports cars from Europe such as Lamborghini and Porsche.

Remonde said he does not know how much the cars cost or how they will be destroyed. Remonde said Arroyo was irked that smuggled vehicles that are intercepted and auctioned off eventually end up in the hands of the smugglers again.

On the other hand, he said Arroyo rejected suggestions that the smuggled cars be sold to film outfits that may use them as props. He did not elaborate.

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