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    Sunday, June 4, 2017

    Drop on PH's Corruption Perceptions Index 2016 rating, Aquino’s fault not Duterte’s

    In a Facebook status posted by Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Kris Alban, he claimed that the decline of Philippines’ rank in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2016 by Transparency International (TI) is not mainly attributable to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s performance, especially on his nationwide war against drugs.

    “Sorry to burst your bubble, anti-Duterte friends, but the 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index you use against PRRD was published in January 2017 and covers the 24 months prior to publication,” stated Alban.

    His claim was supported by a citation from Transparency International’s official FAQ’s document which says:

    “The 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index draws on data sources from independent institutions specializing in governance and business climate analysis. The sources of information used for the 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index are based on data gathered in the past 24 months.”

    What ASec Kris Alban has been implying was the fact that the coverage of the said Transparency International report, where Philippines scored 35 and ranked 101st out of 176 countries, only included the first six (6) months of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in office while the remaining 18 months was still under the leadership of former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III.

    “Guess who was president for the 18 out of 24 months?” asked Assistance Secretary Kris Alban, implicitly referring to former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III.

    The Transparency International which is a worldwide anti-graft watchdog, annually publishes a Corruption Perceptions Index report which “scores and ranks countries/territories based on how corrupt a country’s public sector is perceived to be. It is a composite index, a combination of surveys and assessments of corruption, collected by a variety of reputable institutions. The Corruption Perceptions Index is the most widely used indicator of corruption worldwide.” (cited from Transparency International Frequently Asked Questions Section)

    ASec Kris Alban’s assertion was also supported by Transparency International’s statement in an article published by Rappler last January 2017, which says that “it is still too soon to tell how the government’s war on drugs could have an impact on corruption in the country”.

    Meanwhile, Philippines score of 35 for 2016 is similar to its score in the CPI 2015 report. Its rank, however, slid further down to 101st out of 176 countries whereas on the 2015 report, Philippines ranked 95th out of 168 countries. Moreover, in the 2014 CPI report Philippines ranked 85th out of 175 countries, and got a score of 38. Note that the score of 100 depicts that a country is very clean, and a score of zero means very corrupt.

    Going back, to Alban’s Facebook post, he urged his anti-Duterte friends not to use the results of the CPI 2016 to draw negative implications against Duterte and his leadership. Instead, Alban claimed that Filipinos, regardless of political affiliation, should use the CPI 2016 report as a driving factor to secure a better spot in the upcoming CPI rankings.

    As how Alban had put it on his FB post, “Let’s not bring each other down. Let’s use the 2016 CPI as an inspiration to rank better.”

    Source: Kris AblanRappler
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