Duterte witnesses wrecking of luxury vehicles at Port Irene

Philippines crushes'smuggled cars worth $5.2M

He did not just watch on, however, as he cheered the bulldozers crushing the vehicles at Sta Ana, Cagayan in northern Philippines.

The smuggled vehicles seized by customs department include supercars as Lambos, Porsches, Mustangs and eight motorcycles reported worth 298 million Piso (Rs. 38.47 crore approx) were brutally destroyed.

Since his election in 2016, President Duterte has cited his fight against corruption to justify his brutal war on drugs, purging of journalists and mass dismissal of government officials. He said the destruction was meant to show the country as a place of investment and his strong stance against illegal importers.

Back in February 2018, he ordered destruction of several sports cars and luxury vehicles including Corvette Stingray, Jaguars and BMWs at the Capital city of Manila.

The show was part of President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-corruption campaign. President Rodrigo Duterte looked on while these cars were being reduced to rubble.

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It has been Duterte's policy to destroy smuggled luxury vehicles to discourage smugglers.

The government maintains that it must destroy the vehicles, rather than sell them to raise funds, because the used auto market is rife with corruption and ends up benefitting numerous same people who were involved in the smuggling operations.

Honestly, an auction is far less thrilling than watching bulldozers smash a line of cars like wannabe monster trucks.

Over the past two years, more than 12,000 suspected drug users and dealers are estimated to have died under his watch, some 4,500 of whom were by police, according to Human Rights Watch.

What is more painful than seeing a vehicle getting crushed?

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