3 out of 4 Filipinos believe public funds are wasted due to corruption, says Pulse Asia survey
This shouldn’t be surprising.
Helen Flores of The Philippine Star reports that "around three in four or 77 percent of Filipinos believe that at least half of the budget of lawmakers for projects goes to corruption, a recent Pulse Asia survey showed."
According to the report, majority of 1,200 respondents "across geographic areas and socio-economic groupings believe that at least half of the funds allocated for the implementation of a lawmaker's program or project goes to corruption at 75 to 81 percent and 73 to 90 percent, respectively." Only six percent of those who participated in the survey believe no government funds are wasted due to corruption.
Pulse Asia has noted that in a span of nine years, or from October 2004 to September 2013, "the percentage of Filipinos saying that almost the entire budget of a lawmaker's program goes to corruption increased from 11 percent to 20 percent." The Congress' budget has been subject to greater scrutiny after the pork barrel scam allegedly involving several lawmakers and businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles was reported in the news.
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