For this past years, the Philippines has been a center of journalism rnalism spotlight because of either good and bad news regarding the nation.
From having a vocal and straight forward President Rodrigo Duterte, spearheading a bloody war on drugs and rhetoric, attacks against Catholic Church. To home beauty pageant powerhouse.
However, this next news give another bad light to this nation.
The Philippines is now the most corrupt country in Asia, the data is from Transparency International or TI.
The annual review is compiled by the global organisation Transparency International (TI). In its 2017 index (the most recent available) it placed the Philippines at 111 out of 180 countries worldwide.
Since its inception in 1993, TI has been an independent organisation dedicated to combating corruption across the world. Its headquarters are in Berlin, Germany, and it has chapters in more than 100 countries.
The index uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt, and 100 is very clean. The Philippines scored 34 out of 100.
This was a drop from its 35 points score in 2016, when it ranked 101st out of 176 countries.
The 2018 index is due to be published next month (February).
Last year how the Office of the US Trade Representative said corruption remained a “major headache” when doing trade with the Philippines.
In its 2018 National Trade Estimate Report of Foreign Trade Barriers, the USTR said corruption remains a “pervasive” issue in the Philippines. It added that the US would continue to urge the country to improve matters.
“National and local government agencies, particularly Bureau of Customs, are beset with various corruption issues,” the USTR’s report said.
As it also did last year, the USTR highlighted concerns expressed by investors about “the propensity of Philippine courts and regulators to stray beyond matters of legal interpretation into policymaking, as well as the lack of transparency in judicial and regulatory processes”.