Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Philippine government crushes dozens of luxury cars worth millions

Philippine government crushes dozens of luxury cars worth millions

Rodrigo Duterte was on hand for a 68-car smashup of luxury automobiles Monday that the Philippines president claimed were illegally smuggled to the country.

Combined, the vehicles had been valued at about $5.6 million. "And the only way to show it is that you are productive and that you have the economy, to absorb the productivity of the population".

Government videos of the operation were posted to Facebook.

And crushing illegally imported cars and bikes is just part of his government's plans. According to the government, the Philippines Bureau of Customs seized past year accounts to over £2.11million (nearly Rs. 19 crore).

At the time, Duterte reportedly said it was better to crush the cars than auction them off and risk crime syndicates buying them under false identities.

Duterte, who was vocal against drugs and corruption during his 2016 presidential campaign, has since focused on preventing corruption within the government.

"You know, before a place can really be developed or a viable place to do business, you have to establish first law and order", Duterte said in a speech.

The president's war on drugs has seen thousands of people killed since he took office in 2016, with human rights groups saying numerous killings are orchestrated by the police.

Duterte has also overseen the arrest of more than 10,000 people - including women and children - for "loitering" on the streets, Al Jazeera reported in June. President Rodrigo Duterte looked on while these cars were being reduced to rubble.

"I saw her face and I thought: 'Son of a b--h. PHP40 billion. He was the one who gave me information", Duterte said. "Really. But today, I have fired - and what is really very. what is pitiful is that a lot of them were with me since 1988 when I became mayor".

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