Duterte leads destruction of smuggled cars in Cagayan

Lamar Ellis
August 3, 2018

At this point, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's actions are nearly ritualistic in his attempted crackdown on crime and government corruption.

Wearing a construction hat, Duterte watched as the cars were smashed from behind class.

"I did this because you have to show to the world that you have a viable place of investment and business", Duterte said, according to the Daily Mail.

A government video shows Duterte watching on as a bulldozer crushes 76 smuggled cars and motorbikes, including models by Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.

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A backhoe and bulldozer rolled over the vehicles in front of a crowd that included Duterte and Secretary Raul Lambino, who is the current administrator and chief executive officer of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority, according to the Facebook statement.

Ironically enough, this isn't the first time the Philippines President has requested seized luxury cars be demolished in front of local spectators, as he also had over $1 million dollars worth of vehicles crushed in the capital city of Manila back in February.

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. Well, Duterte is known for doing similar activities in the past and crushing illegal luxury vehicles have always been something he liked to do. He's made it quite clear he does not want his government profiting from crime. Duterte's policies are controversial, especially with his fight against drugs where thousands of suspected drugs dealers have been killed by the government raising questions about human rights violations.

What is more painful than seeing a vehicle getting crushed? But it will get it destroyed.

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