Rodrigo Duterte's 68-Car Smashup Includes Lamborghinis, Porsches

Performance And Luxury Cars Destroyed In Philippines

Performance And Luxury Cars Destroyed In Philippines

In the statement and video taken at Port Irene in Santa Ana, Cagayan, Duterte officials said the estimated cost of all the destroyed vehicles was $5.3 million and motorcycles worth another $360,000.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte oversaw the destruction of 68 smuggled luxury vehicles and motorcycles on Monday in a province on Luzon Island. That doesn't sit with Duterte's policies of fighting crime and corruption.

BBC News reported in June that Duterte's war on drugs, in which alleged murders of suspected drug dealers and users have been common, has been controversial.

A Philippines government video shows at least three bulldozers crushing the vehicles, lined up in a row, to applause from a crowd.

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This is Duterte's second such purge of luxury vehicles.

Mr Duterte added the exercise proved the Philippines was prepare 'to show to the world that we have a viable place of investment and business'. In March, he destroyed 30 cars - including Porsches, Mercedes, Jaguars, and Corvettes - in a similar ceremony.

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.

This wasn't the first time that President Duterte had ordered the mass-destruction of illegal goods imported into the country. "What a pity. I was mad she was raped but she was so lovely, '" Agence France-Presse quoted him as saying.

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