Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada has personally taken delivery of 12 units of the Nissan Almera purchased by his city government "to beef up Manila's police patrol fleet."
The turnover ceremony was attended by Nissan Philippines Inc. (NPI) president and managing director Kenji Naito, who handed a ceremonial Nissan car key to Erap and Vice Mayor Isko Moreno.
"This partnership is a testament to Nissan's commitment of providing quality, reliable and versatile vehicles," said Naito. "We thrive on providing exciting innovations to our customers, and we are honored that the historic City of Manila chose Nissan to be its partner in maintaining the city's peace and order."
According to NPI, Mayor Estrada remarked during the ceremony that among his office's "many considerations in choosing the Almera for the upgrade of the city's police patrol fleet were durability, roominess and affordability," which we're absolutely sure was written for him by his speechwriter.
"The confidence of the Manila City Government in the Nissan brand is the start of a fruitful relationship," added Naito. "We look forward to supporting this great city in the future."
So now we issue this warning to Manila's criminals: You can quit trying to outrun the cops now, or you will face the specter of being chased by 98hp subcompact sedans.