Despite anti-corruption efforts of the Aquino administration, Filipinos think corruption continued to exist over the past two years, especially in the police ranks.
Nearly seven out of 10 Pinoys tagged the police as the most dishonest institution, a new global report showed.
Of the 1,000 Filipinos surveyed by Transparency International, some 35 percent said corruption “decreased a little” in two years while 2 percent said it “decreased a lot.”
On the other hand, some 19 percent of respondents in the said corruption "increased a lot” and 12 percent said it “increased a little.”
For 31 percent of respondents, corruption in the Philippines “stayed the same,” the poll dubbed the “Global Corruption Barometer” released Tuesday showed.
The same report said Filipinos worry about corruption with 61 percent considering it “a serious problem” and 19 percent saying it is “a problem.”
Another 12 percent think of corruption as a “slight problem” while only 3 percent of the respondents believe it is “not really a problem,” the report said.
If you ask Pinoys, the police are part of the most dishonest institution in the country. About 69 percent of respondents said cops have been affected by corruption.
Next to police were public officials and civil servants who have been tagged as corrupt by 64 percent of respondents, political parties (58 percent) and the judiciary (56 percent).
Corruption was also seen to have affected lawmakers (52 percent), military (43 percent), education systems (32 percent) as well as medical and health services (31 percent).
The media were meanwhile seen as least dishonest, with only 14 percent of respondents thinking they have been affected by corruption.
Next to media were religious bodies, seen as corrupt only by 15 percent of respondents, nongovernment organizations (25 percent) and business (30 percent).
Filipinos who think the government’s anti-corruption efforts bear fruit, meanwhile, outnumber those who think measures being implemented are not working.
Some 10 percent think the fight against corruption is “very effective” while 30 percent think it is effective.
This compares to 19 percent who consider efforts “ineffective” and 9 percent who find the anti-corruption campaign “ineffective.”
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