MANILA, Philippines - Citing a commissioned survey from the National Statistics Office (NSO), the Office of the Ombudsman said 9 out of 10 Filipinos do not pay bribes when transacting business with government agencies.
It said this is lower than the 16% bribe incidence reported by Transparency International in the 2010 Global Corruption Barometer.
The Ombudsman said “the low incidence of payment of bribe or grease money may be attributed to reduced red tape in government agencies, improved service delivery and customer satisfaction, or non-tolerance of corruption by the transacting public.”
The Ombudsman commissioned the survey as a rider or additional question to the 2010 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey. The total number of households surveyed was 26,000.
Of those who gave bribes, the survey found three out of four gave the money voluntarily. The Ombudsman said this means the bribe was at the instance of the giver and not of the government official.
Nonetheless, almost all of the bribe takers did not report the incident to authorities.