THE Philippine Government admits corrupt officials have been bribed by pirate syndicates, but claims attacks have grown due to a lack of vigilance by ship owners and crew members, writes David Wallen. It proposes a series of measures to combat piracy including the use of special forces and rewards for information. The Philippines paper submitted to the IMO identifies two main types of piracy around the country's waters. Some involve small bands of thieves and criminals who climb aboard unsuspecting vessels, yachts or boats while at anchor, hold up the crew and ''separate them from their valuables''. Some rob fishermen while others pose as passengers and hijack a vessel while cruising through remote areas. The other main form of piracy is carried out by ''small but cunning and well-organised international syndicates that have mastered the art of forging ship registration papers and have established front agencies that handle the disposal or sale of pirated ships and cargoes''. It says: ''After going through several changes and acquiring forged documents, pirated ships are put up for sale. ''Due to the high financial yield from this venture the syndicates can very well afford to acquire sophisticated weapons and communications equipment, hire seasoned and top-notch lawyers and bribe corrupt government officials.''