In a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the least corrupt or very clean, the Philippines has been given a score of 2.4 in the 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index survey by Transparency International. That was exactly the same CPI score the country had last year.
With a 2.4 score, the Philippines is in the company of Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Honduras, Nigera, Sierra Leone, Togo, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe.
To expect the Philippines to be perceived as being less corrupt during 2010 than in previous years was perhaps too much expectation. After all, during most of 2009 second half and in the lead up to last May national elections, corruption had been tagged as one of the central issues.
This very low CPI score could only reflect the transparency and integrity deficits that President Benigno S. Aquino III is hoping to correct.
But can Mr Aquino lift the CPI image of the country, and thus earn again the confidence of the people and the business sector in the government?
Will Mr Aquino’s graft and corruption investigative projects, including the Truth Commission declared as “unconstitutional” by the Philippine Supreme Court, help in his drive to rid the country of corruption?
What do you think?