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    Talking Corruption: Philippines is getting better...

    ...and leaving the other ASEAN countries behind.

    from: http://opinion.inquirer.net/inquirer...icle_id=105603

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    MANILA, Philippines -- It’s no longer surprising. The Philippines has become such a regular fixture in the hall of shame of international corruption that it would be big news if it landed outside the disgraceful circle of the world’s most corrupt countries. In the latest corruption survey of 60 countries by the Berlin-based Transparency International, the Philippines landed 10th among those countries where petty bribery was rampant.

    The Global Corruption Survey 2007 of households on their experiences found 32 percent of the respondents saying they paid a bribe to obtain a service in the past year. That put the Philippines in the company of the world’s worst offenders, topped by Cameroon, where 79 percent said they paid bribes, and Cambodia which had 72 percent of respondents saying the same thing.

    An earlier survey on corruption also done by Transparency International, the results of which were released in September, placed the Philippines in the 131st slot among 180 countries, ranked from the cleanest to the dirtiest. It scored a sorry 2.5 on the corruption perception index (CPI), using a scale of from 0 to 10, with 0 indicating the highest level of corruption and 10 the lowest. Only Indonesia, among its neighbors, was a little bit worse, with a score of 2.3, even as Thailand got 3.3, Malaysia, 5.1 and Singapore, a very enviable 9.3 percent.

    Another survey, done in January-February this year among foreign businessmen by the Hong Kong-based Political and Economic Risk Consultancy, found the Philippines getting the worst rating among 13 countries in Southeast Asia, edging out Indonesia for that dubious distinction. On a scale of 0 to 10, where 10 is the worst possible score (not 0 as in the Transparency International index), foreign businessmen based in the Philippines gave the country a rating of 9.4.

    While it is bad enough that the Philippines is consistently ranked among the world’s most corrupt countries, what makes the situation worse is that corruption is perceived to be getting worse. The PERC score of 9.4 for this year is sharply higher than the 7.8 the country got in 2006. In Transparency International’s CPI, the country’s score remained unchanged from that of 2006 at 2.5, but it slipped in the rankings from 121st place to 131st among the 180 countries surveyed. And in the survey on bribery, the percentage of households that paid bribes in 2007 was actually double that of 2006.

    But in the eyes of Malacañang officials, such perceptions do not reflect reality. The chief of the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission, Constancia de Guzman, has been quoted as saying in reaction to the latest survey, “We will take it as a cue to look at our policy. But while bribery is a problem, it is declining because the people have more awareness of it.”

    There is no question about public awareness of the problem, for who hasn’t heard of the many scandals involving corruption and bribery in high places -- like the aborted ZTE-NBN contract, the NorthRail project and the distribution of cash to congressmen and governors right inside Malacañang, to mention some of the latest ones? But it’s hard to imagine how anybody can say with a straight face that the problem is declining, given the growing number of corruption cases coming to light and the progressively larger amounts involved.

    Such self-deception is alarming because it means that the end is nowhere in sight for such thieving and robbing, whether petty or grand. In fact, such an attitude would prove some 29 percent of Filipino survey respondents correct -- the ones who see corruption rising in the next three years.

    Which is sad, because that would make the poor victims many times over. As Transparency International noted, the poor are more likely to fall prey to such predatory practices since individuals with higher incomes are likely to resist such bribe demands. “Too often, poor people must part with their hard-earned money to pay for services that should be free,” said its chair, Huguette Labelle. Another official pointed out that because the police and the judiciary in many countries are “part of the cycle of corruption ... corruption is interfering with the basic right of equal treatment before the law.”
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    Default Re: Corruption: Philippines is getting better...

    Hehe, should the Phil contact Guiness again for useless feats?

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    Default Re: Corruption: Philippines is getting better...

    Reminds me of the TV show "Imbestigador" that I watched
    last night.

    Nagpunta si Mike Enriquez sa Singapore and Malaysia at
    pinakita niya yung mga airports and transportation
    system of these two countries.

    Halos maiyak ako sa inis at inggit sa sobrang ganda at
    moderno na transport systems nila.

    Pag balik sa Pinas, pinakita din ni Mike ang airports natin
    at nag-taxi siya from NAIA to GMA-7.

    Kitang-kita talaga ang contrast - grabe talaga!

    And this is mainly due to corruption. Eh hindi ba
    dahil sa corruption kaya hanggang ngayon hindi
    pa mabuksan-buksan ang NAIA 3!

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    Default Re: Corruption: Philippines is getting better...

    sino ba ang naglalagay?

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    Default Re: Corruption: Philippines is getting better...

    I read very carefully what the editorial said showed by the thread starter,
    and the recipient of that comment/report was the "The Philippines"...
    meaning the whole country in general including its citizenry, i agree of what
    the comment/report said,no doubt about it...tell me who are those who didn't
    bribe/corrupted somebody in their lifetime? it is very clear that most of us,as a filipino citizens did it and yet we cry wolves,sorry to say that,...parents gave something to their
    respective sibblings [small kids] in order to stop when they do cry for not getting something or attention...hindi ba yan form of bribery?so maliliit pa lang tayo ay may bribery nang dinanas/nangyayari...when apprehended by the authorities for some traffic offense or making some follow-ups sa mga documento doon sa mga private/gov't entities, nagbibigay/nag-aabot din.
    ...the point is "kasama tayo doon sa report bilang mamamayan".
    Don't get me wrong na ok lang ang report...on the other hand, i think it is us
    who can changed this attitude of ours na ipinamana sa atin ng mga spaniards
    noon pa...pero mukhang di na maalis-alis, it's like no cure...it is the name of the game

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    Default Re: Corruption: Philippines is getting better...

    Quote Originally Posted by buriroy View Post
    Reminds me of the TV show "Imbestigador" that I watched
    last night.

    Nagpunta si Mike Enriquez sa Singapore and Malaysia at
    pinakita niya yung mga airports and transportation
    system of these two countries.

    Halos maiyak ako sa inis at inggit sa sobrang ganda at
    moderno na transport systems nila.

    Pag balik sa Pinas, pinakita din ni Mike ang airports natin
    at nag-taxi siya from NAIA to GMA-7.

    Kitang-kita talaga ang contrast - grabe talaga!

    And this is mainly due to corruption. Eh hindi ba
    dahil sa corruption kaya hanggang ngayon hindi
    pa mabuksan-buksan ang NAIA 3!

    nasa gobyerno yan. kasi halos naman lahat ng nakaupo dyan eh CORRUPT ! ! ! kaya hindi na umayos ang ating bansa.

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    Default Re: Corruption: Philippines is getting better...

    corruption is the enemy of one-sided men with one track minds. kasi corruption corrupts the mind of idealists.

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    Default Re: Corruption: Philippines is getting better...


    Tignan mo na lang ang aking signature......

    4808

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    Default Re: Corruption: Philippines is getting better...

    hindi na din ako nagpaplano ngaun @cvt, ano na lang bale spontaneous para cool

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    Default Re: Corruption: Philippines is getting better...

    Quote Originally Posted by CVT View Post
    Tignan mo na lang ang aking signature......

    4808
    Quote Originally Posted by bladerunner View Post
    hindi na din ako nagpaplano ngaun @cvt, ano na lang bale spontaneous para cool

    Corrupts ignore the OBVIOUS!


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