MANILA, July 10 (Mabuhay) –Malacanang said on Wednesday that President Benigno S. Aquino III’s effort to rid the government of corruption is gaining headway as more Filipinos have noticed that corruption numbers have gone down in 2013.
It cited a recent Transparency International survey saying 38 percent of Filipinos believe that the government’s effort to wipe out corruption is gaining ground.
In a press conference in Malacanang on Wednesday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that the fact that more Filipinos have taken stock of President Aquino’s anti-corruption advocacy show that his good governance program is working.
“In 2013, 32 percent—only 32 percent believe that corruption increased; 41 percent (said it) remained the same; and, from six percent of those who felt in 2010 that corruption decreased, it is now 38 percent believe that corruption decreased,” Lacierda said.
“We recognize that there are still some levels of corruption but the people have seen that there is a consistent fight against corruption under this government and so that has been recognized by those surveyed. From a six percent in 2010, it’s now 38 percent,” he added.
He said President Aquino’s plan to make government corruption free would continue “to the very last day of this administration.”
“Those who were surveyed, at the very least, recognized that there have been an increase in the recognition that corruption has decreased under this administration and we continue to fight against corruption. This is an ongoing process and it will continue to the very last day in our administration,” Lacierda said.
According to the Global Corruption Barometer of 2013 released by Transparency International on Tuesday, the perception of Filipinos on the corruption level in the country has significantly improved over the past two years.
Initiated in 2003 and conducted biennially, the Global Corruption Barometer is the largest cross-country survey to collect the general public’s views and experiences of corruption. (MNS)