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Corruption in the Philippines is widespread, large scale and highly damaging. Consistently ranking in the bottom third of the world’s countries in terms of perceived levels of corruption and trust of government, the Philippines can be a trouble spot for both public and corporate activities.
Corruption can be especially detrimental to the business activities of foreign and offshore companies. Complex and unclear laws, commonplace bribery and widespread nepotism mean foreign investors face a high risk of extortion and manipulation when operating in the Philippines. Everything from obtaining licenses, importing/ exporting, making payments and interacting with the legal system itself can be an opportunity for abuse of power.
However, there are regulatory frameworks in place to fight corruption. For example, the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act makes bribery, conflicts of interest, abuses-of-office and extortion criminal offences. Unfortunately, however, such legal frameworks can be complicated and ineffective, often themselves infiltrated by the same corruption they are in place to combat.
It’s not all bad news though. Transparency International, a global coalition against corruption, releases an annual ranking list that highlights the relative corruption levels of the world’s countries. The list comprises the corruption rankings of 176 countries, ranked from 1 (least corrupt) through to 176 (most corrupt). The Philippines’ rank has been gradually rising, going from 129 in 2011 to 105 in 2012, and reaching 95 in January 2016.
Philippine Corruption News strives to bring vital, up to date information to those affected by ongoing corruption. We reveal abuses of power and warn against common extortive practices, arming those vulnerable to Filipino corruption with the information they need to make educated decisions.