5 BuCor men sacked

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THE Department of Justice sacked five officials and personnel of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) in connection with the escape of New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) inmate and former Batangas governor Antonio Leviste last May 18.

Dismissed were Chief Superintendent Ramon Reyes, Chief Superintendent Armando Miranda, Bureau Reservation and Support Services(BRSS) Chief Dante Cruz, Police Senior Inspector Roberto Rabo and Police Senior Inspector Fortunato Justo.

They were found liable for grave misconduct, gross neglect of duty and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.

On May 18, 2011, Leviste was caught inside his office at the LPL Tower in Makati City, far away from the national penitentiary in Muntinlupa City.

When authorities asked him why he was out of prison, Leviste claimed he could no longer bear his aching tooth and had an appointment with his dentist.

Leviste was in jail for the fatal shooting on January 12, 2007 in Makati City of his long-time aide Rafael de las Alas, who at the time was allegedly demanding a pay hike from the governor.

The former governor claimed the shooting was only an act of self-defense.

Leviste was charged with murder but the court convicted him in January 2009 for the lesser offense of homicide, saying that the shooting to death of De las Alas did not appear to be premeditated.


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