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Paroled Leviste under surveillance

Former Batangas Gov. Antonio Leviste is not yet totally free.

Malacanang said yesterday that Leviste will still be under surveillance as part of the administrative process even if his request for parole was granted.

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Leviste still has to comply with some administrative processes.

“Yung pagbibigay sa kanya ng parole ay hindi pa ganap o total liberty,” Coloma said.

“Ayon sa batas, siya ay sasailalim pa rin sa surveillance. Meron pa siyang reporting requirements na kasama sa administratibong proseso kaya dapat mag-comply din siya ng requirements na iyan,” he said.

The Palace official said that the parole granted to Leviste underwent proper process.

“Merong mga nakatakdang patakaran at qualifications para maging eligible for consideration for parole. Lahat ng requirement na ito ay natupad ni former Gov. Leviste,” Coloma said.

“(Justice) Secretary (Leila) De Lima ang nagkumpirma na natupad or nasunod ang lahat ng requirements,” he added.

Coloma said any plans to question Leviste’s parole in court would be respected.

“Lahat naman ng prosesong ligal ay ginagalang at sinusunod ng ating pamahalaan at lalahok po tayo diyan,” Coloma said.

The Board of Pardon and Parole approved the parole application of Leviste as well as 34 others. Leviste was released on December 6.

Leviste, 73, was granted parole for his good conduct after less than five years at the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City.

He was sentenced to six to 12 years in prison for killing his long-time friend and aide Rafael de las Alas on January 14, 2009. (Madel S. Namit)

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