May 18, 2011. Jose Antonio “Tony” Leviste, erstwhile Batangas governor convicted of homicide, was arrested outside his commercial building in Legaspi Village, Makati City. He was serving a six-to-12-year sentence in the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) for the killing of his longtime aide in January 2009.
This incident unraveled numerous cases of irregularities inside the national penitentiary in Muntinlupa City, including “special treatments” given to well-off prisoners.
Bureau of Corrections chief Ernesto Diokno, who did not admit direct responsibility to Leviste’s “free trips” outside prison, took a leave of absence starting May 23, but later resigned on May 30, the day President Benigno Aquino III received the results of an investigation conducted by the Department of Justice. The said probe did not recommend filing criminal charges against Diokno.
Also on the Covers:
- Star‘s headline reads: Chinese jets buzz PAF patrol planes at the Kalayaan Group of Islands, part of the disputed Spratlys Islands
- IMF President Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who quit the post after being arrested for allegedly assaulting a New York hotel maid
- Supreme Court Justice Mariano del Castillo, who was accused of plagiarism, or “copying portions of foreign jurisprudence without proper attribution”
Front Pages 2011 is Pinoy Index’s way of looking back at notable events of 2011, as presented on the front page of the three leading broadsheet newspapers in the country: the Manila Bulletin, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and the Philippine Star.