‘Corruptionary’ – a dictionary of corruption-related terms in the Philippines
MANILA: Rampant corruption is a major problem in the Philippines. So one group has come up with a unique dictionary called ‘Corruptionary’ to help people make sense of the language of corruption in the country.
Volunteer students and researchers from the Center for People Empowerment in Governance, interviewed various government agencies, businessmen, media personalities, as well as victims of corruption.
And after two years of conducting these interviews, they were able to put together about 400 corruption-related terms and jargons.
Bobby Tuazon, Director, Center for People Empowerment in Governance, said: “It is sad that we are coming out with this book but we realise how deep really corruption is. There’s a glaring subculture of corruption hidden by people who cover it. If we want to solve the problem, we need to realise the depth and magnitude of how serious it is.”
In a recent regional poll conducted by the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy, the Philippines was perceived by foreign businessmen to be Asia’s most corrupt…
By Channel NewsAsia’s Christine Ong
Posted: 11 April 2008 2053 hrs