By MB Online
The Philippines fell lower in the rank of the world’s most corrupt countries, placing 111th out of 180 countries.
The 2017 Corruption Perception Index (CPI), released on Wednesday, revealed that the Philippines scored 34 out of 100, slightly lower than the country’s score in 2016 which was 35. This was the country’s lowest score in the index in five years.
Countries surveyed are scored using “a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.”
The Philippines, alongside India and Maldives, is also among the most corrupt countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
“These countries score high for corruption and have fewer press freedoms and higher numbers of journalist deaths,” the report read.
The Asia-Pacific region scored an average of 44 in the index while the highest performing region, Western Europe, scored 66.
According to the index, majority of the 180 countries surveyed had “little or no progress in ending corruption.”
“Countries with the least protection for press and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) also tend to have the worst rates of corruption” it further noted.
New Zealand and Denmark were named the least corrupt countries, with scores of 89 and 88, respectively. Syria, South Sudan and Somalia, meanwhile, ranked lowest in the index, scoring 14, 12 and 9 respectively.