MANILA, Philippines – An Ombudsman-commissioned survey in 2010 but released on Wednesday, May 9, showed that 10% of those who said they dealt with government agencies paid bribe to facilitate transactions.
The same survey revealed that 3 out of 4 who bribed government employees or officials volunteered to give it without being asked.
In a statement, the Ombudsman said it commissioned the National Statistics Office (NSO) to conduct the nationwide survey to measure the scale of corruption based on actual experience.
“Only 10% of those who accessed government services paid bribe or grease money to an agency official to facilitate transaction or avoid problems,” the statement said. “This is lower than the 16% bribe incidence in the Philippines reported by the Transparency International in the 2010 Global Corruption Barometer.”
But 99% of those who have been asked to pay bribe did not report the same to authorities, the statement added.
The survey was a rider in the NSO’s 2010 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey. The total number of households surveyed was 26,000. – Rappler.com