Lowest score in years: Philippines drops 14 notches in 2019 global corruption index

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 23 2020 08:09 PM

MANILA - The Philippines received a lower ranking in a global corruption index, dropping 14 places from its 2018 rank, the Transparency International said. 

With a score of 34/100, the Philippines ranked 113th out of 180 countries, Transparency International's 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) showed.

Transparency International reviews countries and territories through experts and businessmen's perception of government corruption. The index uses a scale of zero to 100, where zero is “highly corrupt” and 100 is “very clean.” 

Manila's ranking dropped from 99th place in 2018, with a score of 36/100.

The 2019 ranking is worse than its 2017 score, when it recorded its lowest score of 34 in five years and slipped 10 places to rank 111th.

The Philippines' score, however, is still far from the Asia-Pacific regional average of 45, said Transparency International. 

Many governments in the Asia-Pacific region, Transparency International added, "continue to restrict participation in public affairs, silence dissenting voices and keep decision-making out of public scrutiny."

It also noted that "vibrant economic powers like China, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and others continue to struggle to tackle corruption."

New Zealand, Singapore, and Australia appeared to be the least corrupt in the Asia Pacific region, while Cambodia, North Korea and Afghanistan received the lowest scores.

Denmark and New Zealand, both with a score of 87/100, ranked 1st among 180 countries, while Somalia ranked 180th with a score of 9/100.