P12M worth of vintage cars seized in Misamis Oriental

P12M worth of vintage cars seized in Misamis Oriental
The Bureau of Customs says the imported vintage cars belong to 'one of the riches guys' in Cagayan de Oro

MANILA, Philippines – A number of vintage vehicles recovered at the Mindanao Container Terminal in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental on Wednesday, July 27, was intended for a car collector, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said on Sunday, July 31.

Alvin Enciso, officer-in-charge of BOC-Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service in the Cagayan De Oro port, said that the cars amounting to P12 million ($255,236) were imported by a car collector named Rudolf Golez. 

“Actually ‘yung nagparating nito dito ay one of the richest guys dito sa Cagayan de Oro. (Actually, the person who brought the cars in the country is one of the richest guys in Cagayan de Oro),” Enciso said. 

Enciso added that Golez has a display of his vintage cars in the Liceo de Cagayan University where he serves as Vice President for Cultural Affairs and Dean Emeritus of the College of Music.  

Mahilig siya sa vintage cars, madami sa school naka-display, may Ferrari (He likes vintage car. He has a display in the school which even includes a Ferrari),” he added. 

BOC were able to seized the container on Wednesday, July 27, which contained a 1979 Porsche 911 SC, a 1970 Mercedez Benz 280 SL, and a 1966 MBZ 280 SL, worth almost P12 million.  

The vintage cars arrived from the United States on June 21.

Golez, according to earlier reports, denied that he is a smuggler but was only fooled by a broker. 

Enciso, however, said that his claim is impossible. 

“‘Di pwedeng sabihin na niloko kayo or ‘di alam (You can’t claim that you were tricked or you did not know),” he stressed. “Ignorance of the law excuses no one.” 

The total number of cars from Golez’s collections that came from other counties are yet to be determined. According to Enciso, they will have to request a letter of authority to investigate while Golez is required to present a proof of payment for the imported goods. 

He added that even if the vintage cars were only for display, Golez is still required to pay duties and taxes. 

If proven that he was unable to pay for the taxes of the imported goods, smuggling can be filed against Golez aside from the seizure of his imported vintage cars. – Rappler.com 


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