Dolomite sand & graft and corruption

According to Republic Act No. (RA) 3019, it is the policy of the Philippine Government, in line with the principle that a public office is a public trust, to repress certain acts of public officers and private persons alike which constitute graft or corrupt practices or which may lead thereto. Under Section 3 of said law, "entering, on behalf of the Government, into any contract or transaction manifestly and grossly disadvantageous to the same, whether or not the public officer profited or will profit" shall constitute corrupt practices of any public officer. Hence, if a contract or transaction is entered into by a public officer in behalf of the Philippine Government and such contract or transaction has manifest and gross disadvantage to the Government, the offense of graft and corruption is committed.

Recently, controversy hounded the move to use crushed dolomite boulders along a portion of the Manila Bay beach, a vital part of the bigger Manila Bay rehabilitation project spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Many criticized the project, throwing allegations at the DENR, calling the project a health hazard and a waste of public funds. (PNA; https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1125931)

If it is proven in court that the dolomite transaction is manifestly and grossly disadvantageous to the Government, criminal liability may attach.

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