Philippines ranked 101st out of 159 countries in the 2016 Human Freedom Index (HFI), which presents a broad measure of human freedom around the world.
According to the study, on human freedom the Philippines ranked 101 out of 159 countries with a score of 6.53 out of 10. With regard to personal freedom, the Philippines is in 113th place with a score of 6.05 and ranked 80th in economic freedom having a score of 7.01.
Hong Kong got the top spot, followed by Switzerland, New Zealand, Ireland and Denmark.
Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia are tied for sixth place.
Germany ranked 13th; US, 23rd; France,31st; and Japan, 32nd.
Honduras is tied with the Philippines in 101st place.
The index used 76 indicators of personal, civil and economic freedoms.
Fred McMahon of Fraser Institute said: “The Human Freedom Index measures civil liberties, economic freedom, the rule of law, freedom of movement, women’s rights and much more.”
“While the freedom index doesn’t measure democracy, democracy remains the best safeguard of personal freedoms. If China encroaches on its one-country, two-system relationship with Hong Kong, we can expect Hong Kong’s ranking to drop,” McMahon said.
Based on the average rankings per region, Western and Northern Europe ranked highest, followed by North America. And they were lowest for South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa.
The HFI Index is a joint project of Canada’s Fraser Institute, the Cato Institute in the US, and the Liberales Institut of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Germany.