President Rodrigo Duterte asked the public to join his administration in combating illegal activities in the country.
“I call upon every local government official, civic leader and the general public to stand with us in forging a drug-, crime-, and corruption-free Philippines,” the President said in his speech on March 14.
“Together, let us fight for a better government and for a better Philippines that will last generations. This will be our most important legacy as public servants and as Filipinos,” he added.
Duterte led the destruction of 14 smuggled luxury cars in Cagayan, which, he said, proves that the government still needs to exert more effort in eradicating this rampant crime.
The smuggled cars, amounting to P27 million, were from Japan and Korea.
Among the luxury vehicles destroyed were a Maserati Quattro Porte, a Porsche 911 GT3, a BMW Alpina B12, a BMW Z1, an Opel Manta, a Renault R5, and eight units of Mercedes Benz.
Some 841 luxury vehicles are already being reviewed and finalized for public destruction.
“I reiterate that I will never tolerate smuggling and all forms of irregularities in our ports, especially in our Freeports. Illegal practices will be dealt with to ensure that every department, agency and instrumentality of government is free from corruption,” he said.
“We reaffirm our commitment to build a country free from the shackles of corruption. This condemnation of these smuggled vehicles demonstrates our firm stand to put an end to a longstanding societal disease that has eroded public trust and tainted the government’s sincerity to deliver equitable social services,” Duterte said.
“To this end, we will continue to persevere in bringing transformative change so we can build a foundation of our nation’s unceasing sustainable growth,” he added.