- President Duterte says no to auctioning off of smuggled goods
- The auction of smuggled goods is being abused by smugglers in cahoots with corrupt BOC personnel
- Smuggled goods that are auctioned off usually end up in the hands of smugglers
Following the destruction of smuggled luxury cars in the ports of Manila, Cebu and Davao, President Rodrigo Duterte announced that he would enforce a ban on the auction of smuggled goods.
As per Manila Bulletin, the President said he wants to put an end to the “insanity” behind the auction of smuggled goods, which he said is being abused by smugglers who are in cahoots with corrupt some BOC personnel.
“From now on, there will be no auction of smuggled goods. It will be destroyed once the period of redeeming it ends and I will take note of those people who are there,” the President said during the oath-taking of new government appointees in Malacañang last Tuesday.
President Duterte noted that the smuggled goods when auctioned usually end up in the hands of the smugglers in connivance with corrupt Customs agents.
“The import, the consignee is fictitious. Then the corrupt office there in the Customs, the auction section and after a while, while they are being parked inside the warehouses, if the time comes for government to make the accounting, they would conduct the auction and sell it to the people who really, in the first place, were responsible [for] importing them. This insanity has to stop,” he said.
The President alleged that unscrupulous importers allowed the smuggled goods to be seized so they could buy them at cheaper prices instead of paying the correct taxes when the goods are auctioned off.