Duterte orders destruction of seized luxury vehicles

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the destruction of luxurious motorcycles and automobiles confiscated by the Bureau of Customs. The President said he will not allow the seized luxury vehicles to be auctioned.

“So your style is you just wait. Then after year, six months, the ones responsible for arranging the selling of those will have them auctioned. And you‘ll still be the only ones who will buy it because you‘re the only ones who‘ve been informed that there is an auction,” Duterte said during an event in Davao City on February 1.

“I‘ll bulldoze them this Tuesday. I‘ve instructed [Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña]. Don‘t sell it because the situation will remain the same. They‘ll still be the only ones who will benefit from it and they‘ll be the only ones who‘ll wait for the next auctions. It‘s legal and it‘s cheap because it‘s auctioned,” he added.

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said President Duterte will witness the destruction of luxury vehicles.

“If I’m not mistaken parang 70 but don’t take that as gospel truth. Now pero sandali lang po si Presidente doon so hindi niya makikita iyong pag-bulldozer ng lahat ng kotse kasi pagkatapos po doon ay pupunta naman siya sa anibersaryo ng NEDA,” Roque said.

“So sa kaniyang schedule po baka magkaroon lang ng token pero bagama’t hindi niya makikita iyong ‘pag-bulldoze sa lahat ay sabi nga sa akin ni Presidente, ang sabihin mo, the things speaks for itself,” he added.

“Hindi na po siya magto-tolerate ng mga auction-auction na nagiging dahilan para makapag-smuggle nga ng mga mamahaling mga sasakyan at magiging polisiya na ito na talagang ipapa-bulldozer na lang iyong mga smuggled na luxury vehicles,” he said.

Sources: https://pcoo.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/20180201A-Speech_of_President_Rodrigo_Roa_Duterte_at_the_Panagtagbo..-with_translation.pdf; https://pcoo.gov.ph/press_briefing/press-briefing-presidential-spokesperson-harry-roque-7/