Levistes willing to cooperate in drug probe

Posted at 01/04/2014 1:58 PM
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MANILA -- Batangas Vice Governor Mark Leviste said his family is willing to cooperate with authorities in their probe into the illegal drugs found in their farm.

Speaking to ANC, Leviste maintained their innocence, saying that they were not aware of any illegal activity being carried out by their tenants believed to have links with the notorious Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel.

The Christmas day raid at the LPL Ranch Estate yielded 84 kilograms of shabu worth around P420 million.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has already summoned his uncle, former Batangas Governor Antonio Leviste, in connection with the drug case.

"The whole compound, the whole estate is owned by my father (Conrad Leviste)...who happens to be the twin brother of former Batangas Governor Tony Leviste. And we were only informed by our caretakers on Christmas day itself when the authorities already raided the cock farm of one of our lessees," the younger Leviste said.

"As they say, we are not our tenants' keeper. We do not and we will never tolerate any illegal activities in our developments and properties. We recognize the efforts of the authorities and we will cooperate in the process as landlord," he added.

Antonio Leviste, who was convicted of killing his long-time aide Rafael delas Alas, is currently out on parole.

DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima earlier said that Leviste's recent parole grant may be recalled if proven that he owns the property and he had knowledge of the alleged illegal drugs operation there. -- Report from ANC