MANILA - The daughter of former Batangas governor Jose Antonio Leviste on Tuesday said she will not question the President's order to investigate the granting of parole to her father.
"We respect the President and we leave everything to God," Toni Leviste, daughter of the ex-governor, said.
President Aquino has ordered a probe into the circumstances behind the granting of parole for Leviste, who left prison last Friday.
In a statement, Aquino said: "I am not happy with the decision. [I am ordering] the whole matter investigated.”
Toni Leviste, however, said: "He is our President. I'm sure that the President is doing what he believes he needs to do for the good of our country. I'm sure it’s nothing personal."
She added, “At the same time I feel confident and hopeful once the matter has been cleared to him both by the Board of Pardon and Parole and the Department of Justice that things were all done in accordance with the law."
“I’m sure that the BPP and DOJ went through a thorough examination on the requirements needed, not just for my dad, but for the other 33 inmates who were granted parole” she said
“Having said that, we respect the decision of the President and we leave everything to God as we have had since the beginning of these ordeals. We are hopeful and praying that everything would be OK," Leviste said.
Toni said her father is now in an undisclosed hospital in Manila for his glaucoma and hernia operation. "He needs to rest at least for a week."
"He’s been complaining for some months about his hernia and glaucoma, and because he has diabetes, he was already advised by his doctor that it would trigger blindness. He was also told to wear a belt for the last six months because every time he coughs his hernia pains him a lot,” she said.
Leviste was convicted of homicide on January 14, 2009 for killing his long-time friend and aide Rafael de las Alas.
The Makati City Regional Trial Court sentenced him to six to 12 years in prison.
The former governor supposedly had also served his minimum sentence of six years.
Old age was also taken into consideration, and the 73-year-old was also no longer considered a threat.