Philippines’ Duterte Crushes Another 68 Luxury Cars Including Lambos, Porsches, BMWs And A Skyline

The President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, does not like having luxury vehicles smuggled into his country. In fact, he has made a name for himself for crushing any luxury car he can find that was imported through illegal means.

Most recently, Duterte ordered the destruction of 68 illegally imported cars and motorcycles in the country.

Of course, the destruction of the vehicles extended far beyond the simple act of having them crushed. The government made the most of the occasion by adding some theatrics and having President Duterte watch from the sidelines with safety glasses and a safety helmet.

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Local media filmed Duterte walking down the line of luxury vehicles which he was about to destroy and while he didn’t crack a smile on camera, he was probably smiling on the inside. Rather than using a dedicated car crusher, those behind the mass killing used a huge bulldozer to run over the vehicles after lining them up. This may have been completely unnecessary but it does get the message across.

 

A number of particularly desirable vehicles were crushed. For starters, there was a grey Lamborghini Gallardo, at least five Porsche 911s, a Ford Mustang convertible, numerous BMWs, a Nissan Skyline and more. The vehicles were valued at an estimated $5.89 million at current exchange rates.

While Duterte obviously thinks crushing illegally-imported vehicles is the way to go, we’re not so sure it’s the best course of action. For example, the government could auction them off to overseas buyers and pocket all of the cash. Alternatively, it could have them recycled and use the materials in construction projects across the country.

 

  • Oliver Moore

    They could just sell them and keep the money from the owner… but crushing them works too.

    • Knotmyrealname

      Their goons would probably buy them and hand them straight back to the crim.

      • Andrewthecarguy

        Yes, but money has come out of it and can be used to help the impoverished?

        • Knotmyrealname

          See Archer’s answer below.

      • ejd1984

        Then confiscate, and resell again

    • Because the smuggler would deliberately make their car impounded and then they can buy it from the auctions, it happened in Indonesia in the 70s, when Government start scrapping them then they stop.

      • Oliver Moore

        It certainly seems like I wasn’t the first with the idea.

  • ejd1984

    Why doesn’t he just sell them to legitimate buyers, and use the proceeds to fun his drug crackdown

    • Andrewthecarguy

      You know, it might put the lives of the legitimate buyers in jeopardy. A kingpin might want his/her ‘special’ car back and go after whoever bought it.

      • ejd1984

        International sales?

        • Andrewthecarguy

          That might be the ticket.

    • You can’t really now the “legitimate” buyers is it, the smuggler could just paid average “legitimate” buyer to get the car for them.

      • ejd1984

        Have a broker sell them internationally

        • More hassle, less profit also again the same syndicate could have just paid someone internationally to acquire it.

  • lagunas3ca

    By crushing the SLK, Nissans, older 911s, and motorcycles, Duterte can get away with selling off the higher priced luxury cars without getting accused of pocketing the money.

  • AxlRock

    They could have made atleast a half decent video of the crushing. Drone shots and the likes. What a waste of opportunity!

  • It’s painful to see them, but really there are no solutions, maybe re-exporting them but it’s just too expensive and I don’t think their government want that kind of hassle.

  • BobV12

    Send them to Arthur Tussik and they will be back on the roads in no time

  • Matthew Boyd

    Celica, 350Z, Tiburon, Civic… not all luxury cars but ok. BTW they crush our cars here too if illegal imported. Good luck to those still trying to get the V10 Audi RS6 sedan over here. That’s an expensive loss.

  • FlameWater

    If you can’t figure out a way to make a profit off these vehicles then government is clearly not the right job title for you.

  • Mr. EP9

    I get that he wants to crack down on illegal imports. I don’t fault him as many officials want to deter illegal smuggling but still though, this is hard to look at.

  • OdysseyTag

    Where ever they were storing these cars prior to the crushing was probably punishment enough. I mean look at the condition of some of these.

    • Yeah, imagines some dusty government field, it was doomed from the start.

  • Thunderbolt

    Duterte should sit in the Lambo while it’s being crushed so he can really feel the awesomeness of his power.

  • Yeah I agree, it’s even more painful since some of them are an actual rare model.

  • TheBelltower

    Seems dumb. I wonder what the process is to get these types of vehicles into the country legally? Though crushing them wouldn’t prevent having “them recycled and use the materials in construction projects across the country.”

  • MJack

    I wonder how many were quietly tucked away into the President’s collection before being crushed?

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