The Panamanian administration entered in a list that is not very desired by the leaders of the different countries of the world.
According to a study presented today by the German NGO Transparency International (TI), Panama is one of the countries that accept more bribes in Latin America.
The document revealed that the isthmus is the fifth country to accept bribes with 38%, according to statistics of more than 22,000 people in 20 countries in the region.
Mexico is the country where most respondents affirmed having paid bribes in the study period, with 51% of respondents, followed by Dominican Republic (46%), Peru (39%) and Venezuela (38%)
According to the report "People and Corruption: Latin America and the Caribbean", the general perception is that these practices are increasing, that governments do not fight them with determination, and that almost a third of those who report them are subject to reprisals.
"The picture of the region is not positive because a large number of citizens think that the situation does not change or has worsened and because many people say that the government is not doing a good role," said Alejandro Salas, for the Americas.
At the other end of the spectrum, the countries with the highest number of bribes in the region are Trinidad and Tobago (6%), Brazil (11%), Argentina (16%), Jamaica ), Uruguay (22%), Paraguay (23%) and Costa Rica (24%).
Among the two groups are Honduras (33%), El Salvador (31%), Nicaragua (30%), Colombia (30%) Guatemala (28%), Ecuador.