Merc, Lamborghinis crushed in anti-graft drive in Philippines

03 August, 2018, 11:11 | Author: Carlos George
  • A smuggled Lamborghini vehicle is seen after it was destroyed publicly by the government together with other contraband vehicles in Sta Ana Cagayan in northern Philippines

The Philippine government held another round of auto crushing this week as part of its ongoing battle against illegally-imported vehicles.

"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.

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For this reason, many attempt to smuggle their vehicle in to the country under the radar - meaning many more expensive cars have gone to the crusher in the Philippines. Rodrigo Duterte, President of Philippines, has been responsible for the destruction of over 75 luxury cars and bikes brought into the country illegally. "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", Duterte said. At this point, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's actions are nearly ritualistic in his attempted crackdown on crime and government corruption. But in the Philippines, authorities are tackling something more serious: smugglers who attempt to import luxury cars without paying taxes. Well, Duterte is known for doing similar activities in the past and crushing illegal luxury vehicles have always been something he liked to do. Before his appointment, the government would sell the illegally imported vehicles for profit.

In February this year, he ordered dozens of sports cars and luxury vehicles, including Jaguars, BMWs and a Corvette Stingray worth around £850,000, destroyed in the capital Manila. But there's no denying his public commitment to the Philippine drug war. "He is not. He was for the longest time my chief of police in Davao City", Duterte said.

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