Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Duterte oversees the crushing of more luxury smuggled vehicles

Duterte oversees the crushing of more luxury smuggled vehicles

Illegally imported vehicles are again in the crosshairs of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.

The 68 illegal cars that were recently destroyed included Lamborghinis, Mustangs, Porsches and motorcycles-and this isn't the first time Duterte has issued an order like this.

Duterte, who came to power in 2016 under the promise of getting rid of the nation's drugs, crime and corruption in just 3-6 months, admitted in his speech before the event that while he will not be able to eradicate corruption and smuggling in government during his term, bulldozing the cars is a step in the right direction.

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"I did this because you have to show the world that you have a viable place of investment and business", said Duterte before this latest round of cars were crushed.

The show was part of President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-corruption campaign. Earlier in 2018, President Duterte had ordered destruction of dozens of exotic vehicles which included Jaguars, BMWs and a Corvette Stingray worth around £850,000 (INR 7.64 crore).

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. President Duterte watched sitting in safety glasses and a white construction hat. But in the Philippines, authorities are tackling something more serious: smugglers who attempt to import luxury cars without paying taxes.

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Normally, smuggled vehicles will have to be impounded and go under the hammer but the controversial Duterte has other ideas and considers the government profit from such auctions a crime.

He reiterated his commitment to fight corruption even if it would mean sacking more of his government appointees.

Thousands of suspected drug dealers and users have been killed in the past two years in what police say were shootouts.

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