Former Jasaan Mayor Grace Jardin and her husband, former municipal administrator Redentor Jardin, are set to stand trial before the Sandiganbayan for an Agri Demo Farm in Brgy. San Isidro and an Eco-Tourism Park in Brgy. Corrales, both projects which the spouses had direct financial interests, which are violations of Section 3(e) and 3(h) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019).
In a press release, an Ombudsman Resolution dated 28 February 2018 stated that “…As to the San Isidro Demo Farm, the municipality would essentially be developing respondent-spouses’ property without cost to them. On the other hand, as to the Corrales Eco-Tourism Park, [they] would be benefited by the share that the municipality was obligated to put in the investment, which they would otherwise have to secure on their own elsewhere.”
Section 3(e) of R.A. No. 3019 prohibits public officials from causing any undue injury to any party, including the Government, or giving any private party any unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference in the discharge of his official administrative or judicial functions through manifest partiality, evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence. On the other hand, Section 3(h) thereof makes it unlawful for public officials to directly or indirectly have financial or pecuniary interest in any business, contract or transaction in connection with which he intervenes or takes part in an official capacity, or in which he is prohibited by the Constitution or by any law from having any interest.
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