'Very high risk of corruption in PH defense'

Posted at 01/29/2013 4:16 PM

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The Philippines has been among the countries found to be in "very high risk" of corruption in its military and police institutions, according to the Government Defense Anti-Corruption Index.

The survey, launched by Transparency International UK on Tuesday, looks at 82 countries' vulnerabilities to corruption particularly in the defense sector, wherein budgets are often vague and hidden from the public's sight.

More than two-thirds of countries, including many of the world's largest arms traders, have inadequate safeguards to prevent corruption in their defense sectors, the survey found.

The Philippines had a defense budget of P106.9 billion in 2012. It dropped to P80.42 billion for 2013.

ANC NEWS NOW, January 29, 2013