Duterte Smashes 20 Smuggled Luxury Cars in the Philippines
A bulldozer and backhoe turned 20 seized luxury cars into scrap metals in the Philippines on Tuesday, which includes pricey vehicles like Porsches, Jaguars, Mercedes, and Corvettes, which aims to make a point regarding the authoritarian leader's iron fist against crime and corruption.
President Rodrigo Duterte witnessed the pounding as the cars, some having a hefty price tag as high as $115,000, were crushed into nothing in a matter of minutes.
“Give it to the buyer of steel,” Duterte asserted as he spoke to his officials. “They cannot have cars like that. But they can get something, make toys out of it.”
Government data showed that the Bureau of Customs seized smuggled vehicles worth $2.93 million in the previous year, part of the $866 million in seized goods.
“It does not pay to evade taxes in the Philippines so might as well stop trying, because you will never succeed,” Finance minister Carlos Dominguez said to reporters prior to allowing the heavy machinery reduce the 20 luxury vehicles into almost nothing. Davao and Cebu joined in the simultaneous destruction of 10 more smuggled vehicles.
The government destroyed over $2.5 million worth of cigarettes bearing fake tax stamps in the previous year.
Duterte, infamous for his bloody war on drugs which involves alleged extrajudicial killings by the police themselves, has promised that his administration will introduce the “golden age of infrastructure” in a matter of six years, worth $180 billion.