House panel defers hearing on Leviste case

MANILA -- To allow the Department of Justice (DOJ) to conclude its own investigation on the abuse committed by former Batangas Governor Antonio Leviste on his living out status, a House of Representatives panel will defer its own probe that was scheduled this week.

In a text message to reporters, House Committee on Justice chairman and Iloilo Representative Niel Tupas Jr. said, “House justice committee defers its scheduled May 25 hearing on the ‘Leviste out-of-prison trips’ to allow the DOJ to conclude its own investigation on the matter.”

Tupas had postponed the hearing on the impeachment case against Supreme Court Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo to make way for its hearing on the Leviste case.

The committee, however, will also not be pushing through this week on its second hearing on the impeachment case filed against Del Castillo for betrayal of public trust.

In its next hearing, members of the House panel should vote if the complaint against the SC justice is sufficient in substance. The complaint was already found sufficient in form in a hearing last week. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)

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