Makati judge to tackle Leviste case

Posted at 05/23/11 4:28 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Makati City Metropolitan Trial Court Judge Josefino Subia of branch 66 will handle the case of evasion of service of sentence of former Batangas Governor Antonio Leviste.

This developed as Department of Justice special panel is now conducting fact-finding investigation to determine possible liability of authorities in the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) including Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director Ernesto Diokno for allowing Leviste to leave the penitentiary without permission

The case against Leviste was filed with the Makati City Metropolitan Trial Court (MTC) after investigating Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Lilian Doris Alejo found probable cause to indict Leviste for evasion of service of sentence, punishable under article 157 of Revised Penal Code during inquest proceedings held  at the DOJ.

Leviste's driver, Nilo Solis, was also named as an accomplice.

If found guilty, Leviste faces imprisonment of up to six years on top of his sentence of 12 years for the killing of his long-time aide, Rafael de las Alas, inside his office in Makati City in 2007.