Jose Antonio Leviste

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Jose Antonio 'Tony' Leviste served as governor of Batangas from 1972 to 1980. The youngest governor to have held the office, he was honored with the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines Public Service Award in 1973.

Leviste has since held various government and administrative posts. He has served as governor of the Board of Investments as well as director of the People's Housing and Homesite Corporation, the Philippine Tourism Authority, the Philippine Ports Authority and Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation. He was also named honorary consul general of the State of Palestine after converting to Islam in 1986, and chair of the Philippine Leisure and Retirement Authority in 2001.

Leviste was married to Senator Loren Legarda, with whom he has two sons, but the couple have been separated since 2003. The bemedalled Asian Games equestrienne Toni Leviste is his daughter from a previous marriage.

On January 14, 2009, Leviste was convicted of homicide in the killing of his longtime friend and aide Rafael de las Alas. Levisted had admitted responsibility for de las Alas' death, though he said that he only shot the victim in self-defense. The Makati City Regional Trial Court sentenced him to 6 to 12 years in prison.


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