Back in 2007, the Philippines was considered by expats living around Asia to be the most corrupt Asian country. A year later, a study done by the World Bank concluded that the country is the worst among leading economies in East Asia sinking even lower among other countries in the region that lag in terms of governance.
Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index in 2009 showed a bit of improvement but the said improvement did not help in making the lives of Filipinos better. To paint a better picture about these rankings, when the Philippines’ corruption index improved, it was as good (or as bad) as the corruption in Bangladesh, the Baltic State of Belarus, and Pakistan.
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