Leviste says ill at Bilibid maximum security

Posted at 08/06/2011 1:17 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Former Batangas Governor Tony Leviste is claiming that his health has gotten worse after being moved to the New Bilibid Prison's maximum security compound.

Leviste was earlier allowed to have his own "kubol," or special hut inside the prison. He was later discovered to be regularly going out of prison without permission.

Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Gaudencio Pangilinan said Leviste is now staying in a hut with other inmates.
   
Only one prisoner previously occupied each hut. Now, 9 inmates live in one.

Leviste said his health has deteriorated and claimed that he has received threats.

"I now have hypertension ... my diabetes and my eyesight has worsened," he said.

Inmates are allegedly blaming Leviste for the tighter security measures at the state penitentiary.

"Living-out" privileges in the prison remain cancelled, as authorities try to identify those who can have the privilege.

Leviste is insisting that former BuCor chief Ernesto Diokno had nothing to do with his out-of-prison trips.

He claims that the issue was blown out of proportion. - ANC