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Philippines rank lowest in peace rankings amongst 128 countries around the world in 2019

Nanette Castillo looks at the dead body of her son Aldrin, an alleged drug user killed by unidentified assailants, in Manila on October 3, 2017. Philippines police officers who want to speak out about "extrajudicial killings and summary executions" in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war have been offered sanctuary and legal help by the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church, which counts 80 percent of Filipinos as followers, has been one of the leading critics of the drug war and its offer to police on Monday was another step in its efforts to stop the killings. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

I know that you’ve probably already been reading about the Philippines recent International rankings falling short in the area of public accountability, transparency and judicial processes in the government. And I know you’ve read many of my blogs pertaining to this many different subjects showing the Philippines fast deteriorating condition both moral, economic and political; sadly, the future looks bleak for the Filipino people if we continue down this route. Of course, I’m not begging for your understanding nor do I seek to misinform your senses. I am only in the side of truth. Though, right now — our authorities may try to shove down our throats their own version of ”truths” as convenient as they’d easily befit themselves as fact-worthy given that they are the perceived ”authorities” but we must adhere to basic common-sense and common patriotic stand that is ‘Pro People’ and not ‘Pro Politiko’. We ought to be more circumspect in criticzing our politicians to ensure that we steer them to the right path and prevent any attempts to quell public accountability and support an authoritarian one-party rule where only Duterte’s beloved supermajority takes huge chunks of the pie whilst plundering with their heart’s content; the people has to bear the mounting pressures of huge-taxes and incompentent government decisions leading to hunger, inflation etc.

The Philippines worst than conflict-torn Congo, Yemen, Venezeula in the recent Global Finance Magazine Most Peaceful Countries 2019

Before we go ahead and discuss how this happened. Let’s try and appreciate the Global Finance Mag. Who are they? What they do? Why must we trust their data? First, off. Global Finance is a monthly magazine founded in 1987 by publishing entrepreneurs Joseph Giarraputo and Carl Burgen. Giarraputo continues as Publisher and Editorial Director. Its mission is to help corporate leaders, bankers and investors chart the course of global business and finance. Global Finance magazine has a circulation of 50,050, audited by BPA, and readers in 163 countries. Its headquarters are in New York, with offices in London and Milan. Global Finance’s audience includes Chairmen, Presidents, CEOs, CFOs, Treasurers and other senior financial officers responsible for making investment and strategic business decisions at multinational companies and financial institutions.

Judging by the length of Global Finance magazine’s service. Which spanned since 1987 then it’s pretty clear that many known businessmen and financial experts trust their organization and it is only right that we have to try and truly trust the amount of data coming from their study (World Safest Countries 2019) which consider the following factors such as risks of natural disaster with crime, terrorism and war to present a more rounded analysis of the world’s safest countries.

Rank

Country

Global Finance Safety Index Score

1 Iceland 6.16
2 Switzerland 7.01
3 Finland 7.04
4 Portugal 7.07
5 Austria 7.08
6 Norway 7.27
7 Qatar 7.28
8 Singapore 7.34
9 Denmark 7.41
10 New Zealand 7.42
11 Canada 7.42
12 Slovenia 7.44
13 Sweden 7.50
14 Czech Republic 7.68
15 Spain 7.81
16 Ireland 7.82
17 Estonia 7.89
18 Australia 7.95
19 Belgium 7.98
20 Germany 8.09
21 United Arab Emirates 8.21
22 Croatia 8.27
23 Oman 8.34
24 Latvia 8.45
25 Lithuania 8.49
26 Slovakia 8.53
27 Poland 8.54
28 Hungary 8.61
29 Mongolia 8.74
30 Bhutan 8.79
31 Netherland 8.82
32 Cyprus 8.88
33 Romania 8.88
34 South Korea 8.93
35 Uruguay 8.93
36 France 9.01
37 Kuwait 9.10
38 United Kingdom 9.21
39 Malaysia 9.22
40 Italy 9.23
41 Botswana 9.25
42 Bulgaria 9.27
43 Japan 9.49
44 Kazakhstan 9.50
45 Morocco 9.53
46 Moldova 9.58
47 Laos 9.61
48 Jordan 9.67
49 Georgia 9.68
50 Argentina 9.80
51 Rwanda 9.98
52 Zambia 9.98
53 Nambia 10.00
54 Saudi Arabia 10.02
55 Bahrain 10.02
56 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10.04
57 Greece 10.13
58 Serbia 10.14
59 Macedonia 10.24
60 Paraguay 10.25
61 Chile 10.25
62 Armenia 10.25
63 Ghana 10.27
64 Panama 10.27
65 United States 10.30
66 Malawi 10.33
67 Bolivia 10.39
68 Tajikistan 10.48
69 Albania 10.48
70 Sri Lanka 10.53
71 Azerbaijan 10.56
72 Gabon 10.57
73 Mauritius 10.72
74 Tunisia 10.77
75 Ecuador 10.81
76 Nepal 10.82
77 Iran 10.84
78 Lesotho 10.88
79 Tanzania 11.02
80 Senegal 11.08
81 China 11.11
82 Algreia 11.14
83 Vietnam 11.15
84 Brazil 11.15
85 Peru 11.22
86 Sierra Leone 11.26
87 Indonesia 11.27
88 Madagascar 11.32
89 Kyrgyzstan 11.43
90 Benin 11.60
91 Uganda 11.62
92 Israel 11.64
93 Zimbabwe 11.84
94 Cote d’Ivoire 11.85
95 Mozambique 11.91
96 Ethiopia 12.01
97 Costa Rica 12.02
98 Nicaragua 12.06
99 Trinidad and Tobago 12.19
100 Thailand 12.27
101 South Africa 12.33
102 Dominican Republic 12.48
103 Egypt 12.63
104 Mauritania 12.76
105 Mexico 12.82
106 India 12.85
107 Turkey 12.94
108 Russia 12.94
109  Cambodia 12.96
110 Jamaica 13.02
111 Kenya 13.13
112 Lebanon 13.43
113 Burundi 13.46
114 Honduras 13.55
115 Cameroon 13.56
116 Ukraine 13.91
117 Congo 13.96
118 Venezuela 13.98
119 Mali 14.15
120 Chad 14.31
121 Bangladesh 14.66
122 Colombia 14.79
123 Pakistan 14.80
124 Nigeria 14.88
125 El Salvador 15.43
126 Guatemala 15.81
127 Yemen 15.93

128

Philippines

17.70

 

What is in store for the Philippines?

The rankings itself may pose a significant drawback for potential investors which could have helped propel our clumsy economy forward. However, Duterte is far more interested in strenghtening his hand on Philippine politics by giving much of the branches of the government towards his favored loyalists. We could for example foresee ‘Gloria Arroyo’ and upcoming first-daughter ‘Sara Duterte’ running for the Presidency in 2022. Whatever that means, this should not discourage us from pursuing the government in its irresponsible decisions and holding them accountable for it. Because this is exactly what a vibrant democracy should look like.

 

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