Illegally-smuggled luxury cars bulldozed in the Philippines

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the destruction of numerous luxury, sports and classic cars, worth up to £850,000 between them, in a bid to stop car smuggling.

'Ceremonies' took place at three ports across the country, with the event broadcast live on the Presidential Communications Facebook page.

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Vehicles were destroyed in Manilla, Davao City and in Cebu City all at the same time. The ceremonies took place just days after Duterte announced that all cars illegally smuggled to the country would be destroyed, according to the Philippine Star newspaper.

Scrapped cars included a Mercedes S-Class, a classic Corvette, and numerous BMWs.

In the video, the cars can be seen lined up before being driven over by bulldozers.

The combined values of all the cars scrapped was reportedly 61.6m Pisos (£860,000). The Philippines Bureau of Customs seized £2.11m worth of smuggled vehicles last year, according to government data.

Duterte's finance minister, Carlos Dominguez, said: "It does not pay to evade taxes in the Philippines, so you might as well stop trying, because you will never succeed."

President Duterte made it one of his promises to fight corruption upon becoming elected.

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