• Leviste denies link to ranch drug heist


    FORMER Gov. Antonio Leviste of Batangas appeared before the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday after he was implicated in the drug heist inside his family’s ranch in Lipa City on Christmas day.

    During the preliminary investigation of the DOJ, Leviste appeared with lawyer Cristina Buendia and denied any involvement in the Mexican Sinoloa drug cartel.

    Leviste submitted his three-page affidavit denying ownership of the LPL ranch or any link to the suspects.

    “I am not the owner, lessor, lessee of the property. I have no knowledge of participation in the management and/or lease of the property,” Leviste stated.

    “I do not know and I have never met or would ever want to meet [the suspects]. I have absolutely no knowledge or participation in any capacity whatsoever of their alleged or reported illegal activities whether in or out of the property,” he added.

    The parole of Leviste is now in danger of being revoked once proven that he is involved into the drug activities.

    Leviste has already submitted to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima the documents showing that the ranch is owned by his relatives and being ran by his brother Conrad as corporate treasurer.

    It has also attached Articles of Incorporation and Securities and Exchange Commission documents of his relatives’ firm LBJ Development Corp. It states that his relatives Lauro Leviste and Jose Leviste as the original incorporators of LBJ.

    In addition, the contract of lease executed by LBJ through its administrator Benedicto Orense and Torres on June 18 last year was also attached. It has shown that the property was leased by Torres.


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