Former Batangas Governor Leviste may get six times more jail time over visit to the dentist

 

(SPOT.ph) Convicted former Batangas Governor Jose Antonio "Tony" Leviste may get six times more jail time after leaving the Bilibid Prison on May 18, reports GMANews Online. Leviste was charged with evasion of service of sentence by the Department of Justice (DOJ). Inquest proceedings are being processed against Leviste after his unprompted leave from the Bilibid Prison to visit the dentist.

 

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima found his excuse "flimsy," according to the GMA News Online report. De Lima added that they need to verify claims of Leviste's "living out" status and his application for executive clemency which the former governor said gave him the right to leave Bilibid.

 

If guilty of evasion of service of sentence, Leviste, who has been sentenced to 12 years in jail in 2009 for homicide, will face an additional six years.

 

Leviste's medical outing was cut short when authorities caught him outside the LPL building in Makati. A report on ABS-CBN’s Bandila also indicated this was not his first time out and about, having also been spotted outside the prison on Good Friday.

 

Bureau of Corrections director Ernesto Diokno also faces an inquiry from DOJ after admitting that he has been aware of Leviste's excursions, according to the report on Bandila.

 

For more on this story, log on to GMA News Online and ABS-CBN News.

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