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46 percent of Pinoys think PNoy’s corruption drive is a failure


(Updated 3:21 p.m.) Forty-six percent of Filipinos believe President Benigno Aquino III failed in fulfilling his campaign promise of curbing corruption in the government during his term, a  poll conducted by Radyo Veritas has revealed.
 
The survey, conducted between March to April 2015, showed only 13 percent of Filipinos think Aquino succeeded in fighting corruption in the government.
 
More than four in 10 Filipinos, or 41 percent, however, are uncertain whether the Aquino administration's anti-corruption programs were effective.
 
The poll, called the Veritas Truth Survey, was conducted using face-to-face interviews with 1,200 respondents randomly chosen nationwide. The survey had a margin of error of plus/minus 3 percent.
 
Among the three branches of government, Congress is perceived by Filipinos to be the most corrupt, with 49 percent of respondents saying the Senate is corrupt, followed by the House of Representatives at 48 percent.

 
Cabinet officials, meanwhile, are perceived to be corrupt by 41 percent of respondents while the judiciary was seen as corrupt by four in 10, or 40 percent of respondents.
 
In fifth place in the corruption rating ranking is the Office of Vice President Jejomar Binay, which was perceived as corrupt by 38 percent of respondents.
 
Only three in 10 Filipinos, or 30 percent of respondents, see Aquino as corrupt. 
 
Tying with Aquino in sixth place in the corruption rating ranking are the local government units in the provinces.

Sought for comment, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. cited a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showing that 42 percent of Filipinos were satisfied with Aquino’s efforts to eradicate corruption.

He also pointed out that the Philippines improved its ranking in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index last year.

"Patuloy na nagsisikap ang Aquino administration na mapigil ang katiwalian sa pamamagitan ng mga reporma sa mabuting pamamahala,” Coloma said.  —with Andreo Calonzo/KG/KBK, GMA News