Drop in PHL corruption rating reflects perception of previous admin

MANILA -- Malacanang explained on Thursday that the Philippines' global corruption index ranking which dropped by six notches reflects the corruption perception of the previous administration.

"Transparency International Corruption Perceptions's Index 2016 indicates that it is "too soon to tell" the impact of President Duterte's policies. Thus, the Philippines' 95th ranking in 2015 to its 101th ranking in 2016 reflects the corruption perception of the previous administration," Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a press statement.

"Be that as it may, the Duterte administration takes the issue of corruption seriously," he added.

Andanar said President Rodrigo Duterte has issued a stern warning to public officials and employees that they will face the full force of the law if they will not stop their wrongdoing.

To boost his anti-corruption, Andanar said President has opened an anti-corruption text hotline 8888.

"And the complaints would soon be aired over the government television channel," he added.

Andanar said President Duterte, a mayor of Davao City for 23 years before his overwhelming victory in the last May 2016 presidential elections, is serious in living up to his election promises to stamp corruption.

"He is serious in upholding the constitutional provision that public office is a public trust, and that all public officers and employees must be accountable to the people and serve them with utmost responsibility and integrity," Andanar said.

President Duterte has signed an executive order 25 days after he assumed office last June 30 to implement the Freedom of Information in the executive branch. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency