Philippines remains ’highly corrupt’ but ranking moves up from 139th to 134th in 2010, study says

The Philippines remained "highly corrupt" with a score of 2.4--the same as last year’s--in Transparency International’s (TI) 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index, reports GMANews.tv. However, it moved up from 139th to 134th among the 178 countries included in this year’s study.

Malacañang said the improvement "says something about (the government’s) determination to promote good governance." Inquirer.net quoted presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda: "Good governance does not specifically mean prosecution of erring officials. It does not only mean the creation of the Truth Commission; it also involves proactive measures. It’s more of the fact that President (Benigno) Aquino III is leading by example."

In the Asia Pacific, the Philippines is one of the 10 most corrupt countries. Myanmar and Afghanistan (1.4) are the most corrupt in the region, followed by Papua New Guinea (2.1), Laos (2.1), Cambodia (2.1), Nepal (2.2), Pakistan (2.3), Maldives (2.3), Philippines (2.4) and Bangladesh (2.4). The "very clean" countries in TI’s 2010 study are Denmark, New Zealand, Singapore, Finland and Sweden. At the bottom of the pack are Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Burundi, Chad, Sudan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Somalia.

The results of this year’s study were "drawn from 13 surveys and assessments published," according to the TI report. Founded in 1993, TI is a "politically non-partisan, global civil society organization against corruption."

For more on this story, download the 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index, and log on to GMANews.tv and Inquirer.net.

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