The Deal With Corruption in the Philippines
Corruption is prevalent in the Philippines. It is even something that sticks to the idea of the Philippine “Government”. According to Transparency International in their 2013 Corruption Perception Index, the Philippines ranked 94th of the 177 countries in the survey. But knowing there are 83 more countries which are said to be more corrupt than us in the said survey, it still could not lighten the fact that our government is indeed corrupt, and that the people of the Philippines are still the ones who suffer from this dishonest practice and abuse of power. Let us cite and talk about the extent and some types of coruption discussed by the Anti-Corruption Resource Center online, in their paper “Overview of Corruption and Anti-Corruption in the Philippines”, which listed; Political/ Grand Corruption
Although in the surface there is a thriving democracy, the political system of the Philippines is plagued by corruption scandals by officials from different levels- from president to local officials. Corruption is rampant among our elected leaders. Some are embezzled by public funds that’s why they get “corrupted”, while some, run for office because they want to abuse and they have the knowledge on how to abuse the power which the sovereign people have entrusted to those positions. Making them the “corruptors”. In the setting of elections in the Philippines, though it is the right of every one of the people to run for office, they are discouraged by the fact that it is very costly to run a political campaign which ensures that average citizens could not win the office. And the winner almost always is the one who mobilized more of financial support. And being elected would always be dependent on the rich campaign supporters you could get. Thus leading to dependence and being more vulnerable to being corrupt. For example, elected officials tend to rely on public funds for re-election. Bureaucratic / Administrative...
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