PH perceived to be less corrupt in 2018 world corruption rankings

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The Corruption Perception Index (CPI) published by international group Transparency International (TI) Tuesday placed the Philippines at 99th of the 180 countries surveyed.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 30) — The Philippines is perceived to be less corrupt as it rose by 12 steps in the 2018 global rankings compared to the previous year.

The Corruption Perception Index (CPI) published by international group Transparency International (TI) Tuesday placed the Philippines at 99th of the 180 countries surveyed. In 2017, it placed 111th.

It got a score of 36 out 100 in 2018, where 0 means the country is "highly corrupt" and a 100 means the country is "very clean."

This is lower than the Asia-Pacific region's average score of 44.

The index also showed that more than two-thirds of countries score below 50 on this year's CPI, with an average score of just 43.

"It reveals that the continued failure of most countries to significantly control corruption is contributing to a crisis in democracy around the world," Transparency International said.

Topping the list are Denmark (1) and New Zealand (2) with scores of 88 and 87, respectively.

Somalia (180), Syria (178) and South Sudan (178) got the lowest scores of 10, 13 and 13.

TI suggested to strengthen government institutions and preserve checks and balances to curb corruption in states.

The international organization, which began in 1993, is based in Berlin, Germany. It has chapters in over 100 countries in the world.