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Duterte must share blame for Philippines' slide in corruption index

Transparency International said country fell 14 places in a year

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Duterte veered off course toward a bloody war on drugs.   © Reuters

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's pledge to fight one of Asia's worst corruption battles had a rough 12 months.

The Philippines has fallen 14 places in a year in Transparency International's latest corruption perceptions index, which was published last week. A place Duterte was elected to clean up in 2016 now ranks 113th, on par with Kazakhstan and Zambia. The Philippines has fallen 18 rungs in total on Duterte's watch.

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