Mahina Mahindra, Nissan wala ‘yan! Duterte puzzled why PNP didn’t buy Toyota, Isuzu pick-ups
President Rodrigo Duterte still hasn’t moved on from the Philippine National Police’s much derided purchase of P1.98 billion worth of Mahindra patrol vehicles from bilyonaryo Pepito Alvarez.
Duterte said the police shouldn’t have been stuck with riding aroun lemon vehicles from Mahindra if only they stuck to tried and tested pick-up brands like Toyota and Isuzu.
“‘Wag mo nang isali ‘yang mga inferior, ‘wag mo na isali ‘yang sa jeep ‘yang Mahindra, ‘yung puta…Mahina na Mahindra. So it was limited to quality product. Kagaya ng sa pulis, nobody can debate with me na maganda sa pulis is Isuzu, Toyota, not even — ‘wag mong sabihin sa mga Nissan ha. ‘Yung mga Nissan, wala ‘yan. It’s either Toyota lang o (Isuzu),” said Duterte in a briefing.
Duterte based his preference for Toyota and Isuzu on experience as he used only pickup trucks as his service vehicle in his two decades as a politiko.
“Experience ko eh. So lahat ng pulis doon Isuzu pati Toyota. Kaya kung mag — isali mo sa canvass ‘yang mga ‘yan, ah sabihin ko wala ‘yan. Pagkatapos ng dalawa, tatlong buwan, ‘pag nag-breakdown wala na ‘yang supply chain nila sa spare parts,” said Duterte.
The Commission on Audit has flagged the 1,656 Mahindra Enforcer and 398 Mahindra Scorpio purchased by the PNP in 2015 for breakdowns, lack of spare parts, shabby workmanship and poor ride and drive performance.