Leviste posts bail for malversation

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Former Batangas Gov. Jose Antonio Leviste posted P40,000 bail on Friday for the malversation case filed against him before the Sandiganbayan in connection with his alleged failure to liquidate P151,385.42 in cash advances in 2003.

The case, filed by the Office of the Ombudsman, stemmed from his stint as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

He was charged on Tuesday along with former PRA accountant Philip John Moreno, who was then Chief of the Financial Planning and Control Division.

Moreno likewise posted P40,000 bail for his provisional liberty on Friday.


The court’s Fifth Division tasked to handle the case is yet to determine whether there is sufficient ground to try Leviste as charged.

According to the Ombudsman, the P151,385.42 was part of the cash advances totaling P869,180.75 drawn by Leviste for his foreign travels.

Moreno allegedly processed and/or facilitated the funds despite Leviste’s supposed failure to liquidate his previous cash advances, which led to the approval and release of the amounts.

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