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Philippines: Most Corrupt?

Do not be misled by the above video. It had, as of this writing, 1.5 million views and just by reading the comment section it appears that a lot of people really believed that the Philippines is the most corrupt country. This 2014 video originated from this stupid website: The Philippine Pride

A simple google search should belie the content of the video above:

According to an August 2015 article on cheatsheet.com,  the most corrupt countries are as follows: Eritrea, Libya, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iraq, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Sudan, North Korea, and Somalia. Cheatsheet.com based its article on Transparency International’s corruption index.

Business Insider, in June 2015, lists the most corrupt countries as follows: South Sudan, Russia, Myanmar, Libya, Iraq, Equatorial Guinea, Afghanistan, Sudan, Central African Republic, Somalia, North Korea, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Although these were 2015 data, the 2014 data is more or less similar (you can verify that by clicking the Transparency International link above.

Forbes.com ranks the following as the most corrupt countries: Venezuela, Haiti, Iraq, Sudan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Myanmar, North Korea, and Somalia. This was from 2011.

Nowhere can we find Philippines.

Don’t get me wrong, we have a serious corruption problem. But I think it is fair to state that every State is faced with corruption issues.

I am not also saying that just because some countries are more corrupt than us that we should be fine. No.

What I’m saying is, we should be vigilant. We should not be gullible.

Social media is a powerful tool. It’s a good platform to raise awareness and public opinion. But it can also be used to deceive people.

The video above is obviously fake and everyone who believed its content without verifying it is a fool and he or she is a part of this country’s problem. It’s funny because a lot of the commenters in the comment section of the video expressed how they despise the government because of the alleged UN and Transparency International warning where Philippines was allegedly named as the “most corrupt democratic country”, yet they themselves were easily corrupted by false information. Though the video used a legitimate footage as background, the voice-over is merely created using a voice pack – which is obvious because of the robotic auto-tune-ish voice.

The intention of the maker/s of the video is suspect. I would understand if that video was meant to be satire but no such context is apparent. Even the website where the video originated does not appear to be a satire website.

RELATED: Are Pinoy Satire Blogs Getting Out of Hand?

Anyway, it’s a real shame. Those commenters who were fooled by the video could have easily made a google search to verify the information. Yet they did not. Instead, they jumped to the conclusion that the video is Bible truth. It seems that they do not know that Facebook is not the only website. Use Google or any search engine you prefer. Just like how the cliche goes, do not believe in everything you read in the internet. Always verify.


 

About the author

Atty. Howard Chan

Howard Chan has been blogging since 2010. He was a former car wash boy, laborer, service crew, house painter, term paper trafficker, call center agent, virtual assistant, and website manager - all these he did to support his studies. He passed the 2014 Bar Exams and was admitted to the practice of law in April 2015. As a lawyer, he intends to continue his advocacy of fighting injustice.

Note: This is his second profile on this blog. He wrote articles before under the name "UberChan" [now Howard Chan (The Student)]. This second profile is created for the purpose of distinguishing articles he wrote when he was a working student from articles he wrote when he's already a lawyer.

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