A backhoe crushes smuggled luxury cars during the condemnation of the contraband vehicles at Port Irene, Sta. Ana in Cagayan.
PANGASINAN, Philippines – A video of the condemnation of smuggled luxury cars in Port Irene, Sta. Ana in Cagayan last Monday (July 30) gained hundreds of thousands of views online.
President Rodrigo Duterte personally witnessed the destruction which included high-end vehicles such as Mercedes-Benzes, Porsches, a Jaguar St, Ford Mustangs and a Lamborghini Gallardo.
The policy, however, drew flak from netizens across the globe, with many posting their reactions.
One netizen slammed the policy, calling it the dumbest decision ever since the money worth of millions can be used instead to finance the government or police personnel.
A commenter questioned Duterte’s intelligence for not considering selling the vehicles and using the money for the poor and for the country.
Despite criticisms, some support this action and said that auctioning these vehicles off would only encourage corruption.
In response, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the destruction of the smuggled vehicles just shows the determination of the President to prevent smugglers from further doing criminal acts.
“That’s the decision of the president to send the message that we will never let smugglers profit from their criminal acts. We know that the alternative to destruction, they will always find a way to benefit from it, and that’s why by destroying it, there’s absolutely no likelihood that they will benefit from their criminal acts,” Roque said.
The seized contrabands in Cagayan also include humvees but Duterte ordered these spared for the police and military use.
A lawmaker, meanwhile, said a law should be created on how the government should utilize the confiscated items.
“Dapat i-define na kapag confiscated in favor of the government, pakinabangan na ng gobyerno. Ito’y i-auction o kaya ipagamit na lamang sa mga taong gobyerno para di na nagpo-procure o bumibili ng sasakyan ang gobyerno,” reacted Senator Panfilo Lacson. – Rosalie Coz / UNTV News & Rescue