Duterte watches bulldozer wreck luxury vehicles, motorbikes worth almost P300M

Performance And Luxury Cars Destroyed In Philippines

Performance And Luxury Cars Destroyed In Philippines

The President, wearing a white hard-hat, cheered on the bulldozers as they crushed the contraband vehicles in Sta Ana, Cagayan, in northern Philippines.

The cars, which included Lamborghinis, Mustangs, Porsches, and eight motorcycles, were valued at more than $5.89 million at current exchange rates. He said the destruction was meant to show the country as a place of investment and his strong stance against illegal importers.

Yesterday, Philippine police vowed to revamp and intensify a fight against crime and drugs, a week after Duterte promised no letup in a bloody crackdown that has alarmed the worldwide community.

The Duterte administration carried out a similar stunt in February in which the president ordered the destruction of dozens of sports cars and luxury vehicles in Manila.

A government video shows Duterte watching on as a bulldozer crushes 76 smuggled cars and motorbikes, including models by Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. Just ask Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, who on Monday presided over the crushing demise of what reported amounted to approximately $5.2 million in confiscated automobiles and $340,000 in motorcycles, in what was described as an act of "condemnation and public destruction".

Duterte, who is two years into a six-year presidential term, changed government policy regarding illegally imported cars. He's made it quite clear he does not want his government profiting from crime. Rights groups charge that 12,000 people have died since he took office, but the government said 4,000 suspected drug users and dealers have died since the campaign against drugs started in July 2016.

What is more painful than seeing a vehicle getting crushed?

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