RP better at controlling corruption—DFA chief

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) The government has become better at controlling corruption, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo said Tuesday, citing the Control of Corruption indicator, which showed an improved ranking from 39 down to 33.

He said this was better than the 37 median of the 73 countries classified as low income in the Millennium Challenge Corporation list.

At the same time, Romulo said the Philippines’ MCC scorecard showing below the median scores in a number of indicators was the result of “technicalities in evaluation.”

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In contrast to the country’s scorecard last year, Romulo said, the Philippines would have showed improved performances had it not been elevated to a higher income category.

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