RP's corruption rank slips due to increase in number of countries covered
Manila (1 October) -- The Office of Ombudsman quickly came with a response to the recently released Corruptions Perceptions Index (CPI) that slipped the Philippines ' corruption rating from rank 121 in year 2006 to rank 131 in the present year.
Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez explained that the latest rating by an international watchdog on the Philippines as among the most corrupt countries in the world does not mean that the situation here has deteriorated.
In fact, the country's rating in 2006 and 2007 stayed at 2.5. As explained, the present rank of the Philippines is due to the increase in the number of countries covered by the report, and not due to a perception of worsening corruption in the Philippines. The recent CPI rated 180 countries while 163 nations were covered in 2006.
Meanwhile, the Office of the Ombudsman assured the Filipino nation that it is exerting all efforts to curb graft and corruption in the country. Aside from the prosecution of high-profile cases, the office had embarked on a massive corruption prevention and information dissemination campaign to gain support for the government's fight against this problem. (PIA-MMIO) [top]