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Police corruption and its control in the Philippines

Eric Vincent Celestial Batalla (Department of Political Science, De la Salle University, Manila, The Philippines)

Asian Education and Development Studies

ISSN: 2046-3162

Article publication date: 26 November 2019

Issue publication date: 31 March 2020




The purpose of this paper is to analyse police corruption in the Philippines and to assess measures to control it.


The paper identifies the causes of police corruption and assesses anti-corruption measures adopted by the Philippine National Police and other agencies. The paper utilizes surveys, interviews, reported cases and official documents to determine the extent of police corruption, identify its causes and assess the effectiveness of anti-corruption measures.


Police corruption is systemic in the Philippines. Political and economic circumstances, both historical and contemporary, combined with weak internal controls and other inadequate anti-corruption measures perpetuate systemic police corruption.


The paper contributes to the academic literature on police corruption in the Philippines. It would be of interest to policymakers, scholars, as well as anti-corruption and development practitioners who are involved in institutional and governance reforms.



The author would like to thank Kevin Agojo, Yegor Barroquillo, Carlo Manongsong, Karl Deximo and Michelle Sta. Romana for their research assistance.


Batalla, E.V.C. (2020), "Police corruption and its control in the Philippines", Asian Education and Development Studies, Vol. 9 No. 2, pp. 157-168.



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