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Tony Leviste
Governor of Batangas
In office
Personal details
Born José Antonio C. Leviste
January 14, 1940
Malabon, Rizal, Commonwealth of the Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Political party Lakas Kampi CMD (since 2009)
Other political
Lakas-CMD (1980–2009)
Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (1972–80)
Spouse(s) Loren Legarda (1989–2003)
Celia Sarangaya, first wife
Residence Manila
Occupation Politician
Profession Businessman
Religion Roman Catholicism
formerly Islam

José Antonio 'Tony' C. Leviste (born January 14, 1940) is a Filipino politician, who served as Governor of Batangas from 1972 to 1980. Born to a distinguished Batangueño family renowned in both business and politics, he was married to Senator Loren Legarda, separating from her before the 2004 election campaign. The be-medalled Asian Games equestrienne Toni Leviste is his daughter from a previous marriage.

Leviste was sentenced to six years in prison for the murder of his long-time aide, Rafael de las Alas. Leviste served his sentence at the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa and on December 6, 2013, he was released after his parole was granted.


He graduated from the Lyceum of the Philippines in 1959 and the president of the Batangas Varsitarian,a reputable organization of Batangueño students. During his term as Governor of Batangas, he was elected member of the Batasang Bayan chairman of the Regional Development Council, Vice President of the League of Governors and City Mayors, and chairman of the Program for Forest Ecosystem Management.

He was an advocate of the environment. He initiated a forest ecosystem management program which today continues to be a model in reforestation that made him earn the coveted "Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines" (TOYM) award for Public Administration.

He was chosen the "Realtor of the Year" by the Business Writers Association of the Philippines and served as the director in various government agencies, including the People's Homesite and Housing Corporation (now the NHA), Philippine Ports Authority, Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation, Semirara Mining Corporation and the Philippine Tourism Authority. He was co-founder of the Pasay Board of Realtors and the Philippine Association of Real Estate Boards. He also served as Chairman of the Philippine Leisure and Retirement Authority. He holds the rank of Lt. Commander in the Philippine Navy Reserve Force and is the Honorary Consul General of the State of Palestine.

Currently, he is the charter president of the Resort Association of the Philippines and co-founder of the Tourism Council of the Philippines. He is the chief executive officer of the Leviste Group of Companies, a real estate firm engaged in housing, subdivision, condominium and resort development.


On January 14, 2009, Leviste was convicted of homicide in the killing of his longtime friend and aide Rafael de las Alas. Leviste had admitted responsibility for de las Alas' death, claiming he only fired in self-defence. The Makati City Regional Trial Court sentenced him to six to twelve years in prison.[1] Leviste is now serving his sentence at the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa.

In February 2011, an entrusted source to ABS-CBN's XXX team showed how Leviste is enjoying his imprisonment sentence like a free man. The award-winning Current Affairs show began investigating in February and monitored the areas provided by the tipster.

True enough, Leviste was seen in public places and was even videotaped by the program four times outside the Bilibid. These jail-breaking incidents are now under investigation.

Release from imprisonment[edit]

On December 6, 2013, Leviste was released after six years in prison after his parole has been granted.


  1. ^ PRESS DIGEST – Philippine newspapers – Jan 15. January 15, 2009. Forbes. Retrieved on February 6, 2010.

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Philippine Star

Philippine Star
Fri, 27 Dec 2013 08:19:43 -0800

MANILA, Philippines - Three weeks after being freed on parole, former Batangas governor Antonio Leviste might be sent back to prison if he is shown to have knowledge of the activities in his Batangas farm of an illegal drug syndicate linked to the ...


Mon, 06 Jan 2014 00:05:40 -0800

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Justice (DoJ) summoned Batangas Vice Governor Jose Antonio Marc Leviste II in connection with the drug raid that caused the seizure of some P420-million worth of shabu and arrested three suspects. Leviste has ...


Fri, 03 Jan 2014 03:30:10 -0800

MANILA, Philippines—Former Batangas Governor Antonio Leviste who was recently released on parole submitted documents to the Department of Justice (DOJ) to prove that he is not the owner of the ranch where the police seized P420-million worth of ...


Fri, 06 Dec 2013 10:27:33 -0800

An anticrime group on Friday denounced the release from prison of homicide convict Antonio Leviste and vowed to question the grant of parole to the former governor of Batangas province. Leviste walked out of New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City at ...

Philippine Star

Philippine Star
Sun, 06 Dec 2015 08:24:34 -0800

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Thu, 05 Dec 2013 20:10:49 -0800

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The Manila Times

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Mon, 14 Sep 2015 06:19:28 -0700

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