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    Malacañang on Wednesday admitted that corruption remains pervasive in some levels of government despite President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s tuwid na daan policy of transparency and honesty.

    Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the Aquino administration’s efforts to wipe out corruption in government is a work in progress.

    He made the admission in the wake of survey results showing that more Filipinos believe that corruption only slightly decreased during the term of President Aquino.

    A report of Berlin-based Transparency International showed that corruption in the Philippines somehow waned over the last two years.

    “We recognize that there are still some levels of corruption but the people have seen that there is a consistent fight against corruption under this government,” Lacierda told reporters.

    ”This is an ongoing process and it will continue to the very last day in our administration,” he added.

    Lacierda said the administration considers this as an affirmation of its efforts against corrupt practices.

    ”So is it something that is worth discussing? Yes, people do (believe). Those who were surveyed, at the very least, recognized that there [has]been an increase in the recognition that corruption has decreased under this administration and we continue to fight against corruption,” he said.

    The survey also revealed that the Philippine National Police (PNP) was viewed as the country’s most corrupt institution.

    Lacierda defended the police, saying the PNP has implemented a lot of reforms and “they continue to do a lot of reforms.”

    ”I’m sure that General [Alan] Purisima has continued all these reforms and will push for greater reforms in the police,” he said.

    Lacierda acknowledged that government agencies tagged as most corrupt should “make some improvements.”

    ”These are perceptions. What is important is that in every institution, whether you are the most corrupt or the least corrupt, there should be a consistent fight against corruption,” he said.

    Based on the “Global Corruption Barometer”, 35 percent of Filipino respondents said corruption in the country went down “a little” in the past two years, while 31 percent believed that the level of dishonesty “stayed the same”.

    Despite the push for “Tuwid na Daan”, efforts in fighting corruption in the last two years were seen as “neither effective nor ineffective” by 31 percent of the respondents, although some 31 percent claimed they had an impact in curbing dishonest practices in the system.

    With regard to the most corrupt institutions according to perception, the police topped the list with 69 percent, followed by public officials and civil servants (64 percent), political parties (58 percent), the judiciary (56 percent), and parliament and legislature (52 percent).

    The survey polled 1,000 Filipinos across the country between September 2012 and March 2013.

    In its report, Transparency International also said more than half of respondents in a global corruption survey think that graft has worsened over the past two years, and a quarter reported having paid officials a bribe in the last 12 months.

    The survey also found that people have least trust in institutions meant to help or protect them, including police, the courts and political parties.

    Respondents also believed official anti-corruption efforts had deteriorated since the 2008 start of the world financial and economic crisis.

    The Global Corruption Barometer 2013 is the world’s largest public opinion survey on corruption. It surveyed 114,000 people in 107 countries, Transparency International said.

    It found that 27 per cent of respondents had said they had paid a bribe to a member of a public service or institution in the past 12 months, revealing no improvement from previous surveys.

    The group pointed to a link between poverty and graft. Eight of the 10 countries with the highest bribery rates are African, said a Transparency spokesman.

    In 36 countries, respondents viewed police as the most corrupt, while 20 countries view the judiciary as the most graft-ridden. In 51 countries political parties were seen as the most corrupt institution.

    “Bribe paying levels remain very high worldwide, but people believe they have the power to stop corruption and the number of those willing to combat the abuse of power, secret dealings and bribery is significant,” said Huguette Labelle, chair of Transparency International.

    She added that “governments need to make sure that there are strong, independent and well-resourced institutions to prevent and redress corruption. Too many people are harmed when these core institutions and basic services are undermined by the scourge of corruption.”

    WITH A REPORT FROM AFP

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    1. Kung di pa dahil sa OFWs at private sector, bagsak na ang ekonomiya ng Pinas. 30% of the time, politicians are corrupt, so-called commissioners, 70% ay mga not elected officers ng government, city engineers, health, etc. sila ang dapat bantayan. COA…nasaan na kayo?

    2. Roldan Guerrero on

      This is the most extravagant Administration yet the least accomplishment. Corruption in the Philippines is now at its TOP LEVEL under the laziest, lunatic and inutile President. 1.3 TRILLION PESOS ANNUAL BUDGET? It twice or even 3 times more than past Presidents. KUNG WALANG CORRUPT WALANG MAHIRAP ABNOY ALWAYS SAYS! Why are Filipinos now experiencing the most difficult life ever?

    3. Pedro Pendoko on

      Maraming nagrereklamo tungkol sa corruption ngunit hindi inaactionan dahil kapartido. Detalyado pa ang reclamo ngunit binasura lang ng Sandigang Bayan, OMB, BIR, kahit sa office of the President sinagot lang na just file the case to the proper court.

    4. “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap”, sabi ng slogan ni BS Aquino.

      Eh, ngayon na mas dumami ang mahirap, ibig lang sabihin mas lumala ang corruption!!! No other philosophical twisting and spinning will do. Alangan naman sabihin ni BS Aquino na ngayon na mas maraming naghihirap, bumaba ang coruupt !!! ha ha ha.

      Actually deep in his deepest soul, alam ni BS Aquino na mas lumala ang corruption because it starts with him and his crony. The only reason why he insists on that f–king slogan “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap” is the mere fact that it sounds pleasing to the ear because “corrupt” and “mahirap” perfectly rhyme!!!

    5. Gintong Lahi on

      Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap. Kung marami pang corrupt, marami pa ring mahirap. Ngayon, Pangulong Pnoy, anong masasabi mo? Umunti ba ang mahirap sa kalahatian ng iyong administrasyon? Oh, baka naman mas dumami pa?

      Bayan, kayo nga po ang humatol sa TUWID NA DAAN.

      • Kaibigan GL ” Kung walang corrupt walang mahirap” Ang pananalitang ito ay di na kalayuan sa salitang bawas corrupt bawas mahirap. You can’t totally eradicate corruptions but somehow Pnoy is on the right track doing his best to change – in the long run we hope to see less poverty. Ang masasabi ko kaibigan GL, unti-unti mababawasan ang mahirap sa ginagawang pabahay nang gobierno dahil na ang namamalakad ay di na corrupt. Tungkol sa tuwid na daan, kailangan samahan nang disiplina. Dadami pa ang mahirap, hanggang di pa nai-ipasa ang RH bill. No discipline + no control = poverty

    6. I applaud Pnoy for at least exerting efforts to curb corruption however, let it be reminded to all that it does not take overnight to curb corruption. It will take decades to do this and team work, not just him. on top of this the government has to improve the economic conditions and job market in a 3rd world country like PHL. Im not an economist but if the cost of living in Metro Manila is so high being a 3rd world city and yet the wages are so low that an average worker even if he or she is single cannot live alone and have a one bedroom apartment, then there is something wrong with the economy. maybe price controls must be instituted. This very high cost of living is making government employees be tempted to commit corruption.. Lastly, strict and serious enforcement must be adopted and not just investigation and then a slap in the wrist like what happened to former judge Corona who never went to jail, and first gentleman Arroyo and his cohorts in their PNP chopper sale. They should look into the neighboring countries like Thailand, and Malaysia, on how they managed their economy in relation to the cost of living and standard of living that how can an average salaried worker be able to live in their city. maybe something is wrong in our economic policies not being seen or researched by NEDA and other economic advisers and experts of the President. its just my thoughts.

    7. magaling sila mambatikos noong nasa opposition pa tungkol sa issue ng corruption pero ngayong sila ang nasa administrasyon magaling magpalusot ng kung anu-anong dahilan. hindi rin ako naniniwala sa tuwid na daan ng administrasyong ito dahil maraming mga kaalyado nila ang gumagawa ng mali pero hindi pinupuna o ayaw patalsikin sa puwesto pero panay ang puna sa mga hindi kaalyado.

    8. Philippines Congress needs to define Political Dynasty (PD) soonest. Bribery, compadre system, utang na loob, regionalism & rug to riches are spoon feeding PD. Mga kababayan, gumising na po tayong lahat. Ibigin natin ang ating mga kabataan, ang ating bayan at ang ating sarii.