CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga – The government’s anti-smuggling task force here confiscated five vehicles being smuggled from this free port zone last July 9.
In his report to Task Force Aguila director Gen. Francisco Cruz Jr., deputy director Arnel Maguillo said the operation was conducted around 10 p.m. and led to the seizure of two Ford Corvette Sting Ray, a Ford Thunderbird, a Ford F350 XLT, and a 1970 model Nissan Datsun car.
“All of the confiscated motor vehicles were imported and considered as vintage cars emanating from the Byrnes Motor Restoration Trust located along N7175 Gil Puyat corner Feati Street, Clark Field, Pampanga,” Maguillo, who led the operation, said in his report.
Maguillo said the cars are used but when restored will cost millions of pesos.
He said the two Corvette sports cars were found inside a ten-wheeler closed van truck bearing license plate CAJ-7240 driven by one Marlon Decamon, 42. The Thunderbird was onboard an Elf truck with plate no. PNJ-609 driven by Eric Bais, 49.
The F150 and the Nissan Datsun car were seized outside the free port.
Maguillo said the trucks carrying the tax-unpaid vehicles were being escorted by four sports utility vehicles whose occupants claimed to be National Bureau of Investigation agents. The alleged NBI agents fled after the seizure of the untaxed vehicles.
Cruz said it was the marching order of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to apprehend all items not subjected to customs duty payment.
“This is why we are bent on following the President’s marching order. We will not be deterred by people claiming to be officers of law enforcement agencies or any government agency. All items and goods to be brought outside must have appropriate customs duty payment documents,” he said.