Netizens on #CorruptionPH: Come forward to report cases
MANILA, Philippines – The country remains perceived as one of the most corrupt nations in the Asia-Pacific region.
In the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2015, for instance, the Philippines slid to 95th out of 168 countries, with a score of 35/100.
It previously ranked 85th out of 175 countries in 2014.
Last May, more than 16 million Filipinos elected Rodrigo Duterte to the presidency. Duterte had promised the nation that "change is coming" – vowing to curb illegal drugs, crime, and corruption in just 3 to 6 months.
In light of Duterte's promise to go after the corrupt, Rappler held an online discussion on corruption using the hashtag #CorruptionPH on Friday, July 15.
Here's what social media users had to say about the issue:
#CorruptionPH online Reach
To map the extent of the online conversation, we ran Reach, Rappler's social listening tool. Reach monitors specific keywords to identify social media influencers, visualize the discussion, and identify participants' roles in the discussion.
Based on the data, the online discussion reached 123.5 million impressions, or "the times a user is served a tweet in timeline or search results."
There were also 127 unique authors, with the conversation peaking at around 1:45 pm.
Experiences in corruption
Several instances of corruption were cited during the discussion.
According to Twitter user Yemma Judilla, corruption has been institutionalized in government offices such as the Bureau of Internal Revenue. She added that bribery has followed an elaborate scheme over the years.
Corruption also breeds negative consequences. Gemma Mendoza, head of Rappler's Research and Content Strategy, pointed out that even the drug problem is rooted in corruption.
Twitter user @PHVoteNetizen noted that corruption is also present in transactions at the Land Transportation Office, such as getting a driver's license. This, said the user, leads to more traffic offenders on the road.
@rapplerdotcom LTO Fixers. Many gets driver's license even they have not actually passed the test. Kaya daming traffic offenders.— PHNetizen (@PHVoteNetizen) July 15, 2016
Others who joined the discussion called for the persecution of those who engage in corrupt practices. They also urged the public to report such cases.
Citizens also need to realize their role in keeping gov't in check. Gov't cannot fix itself. #CorruptionPH— Bantay.PH (@BantayDotPH) July 15, 2016
Issues in reporting
While some highlighted the need to report corruption cases, others are wary that people's lives could be put in danger.
On the issue of security, Department of Education communications manager Nash Tysmans said the public should not lose trust in the country's institutions.
Bantay.PH, a civil society organization pushing for good governance, echoed Tysmans' sentiments.
Meanwhile, Twitter user I Am D Champ believes that responsible journalism also helps in curbing corruption as it influences the mindset of the people.
Role of social media
Several netizens said that social media can play a key role in the reporting of corruption cases.
Want to know how you can report incidents of corruption? Send a message to @MovePH on Twitter. You can also share your thoughts about corruption on X. – Rappler.com