A deep source revealed that Executive secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. is the one being referred to as the palace backer of convicted killer former Batangas governor Tony Leviste?
Leviste is reportedly very close to Ochoa. Ochoa, according to several sources, is the one who suggested to Leviste to apply for executive clemency. It is not entirely sure however, if Bureau of Corrections chief Ernesto Diokno and Ochoa are linked.
Leviste was caught by NBI agents resting in his LPL mansions residence in Makati City. He was supposed to be in Muntinlupa, after having been charged and convicted of the murder of his aide a few years back.
IN an interview, Diokno's tongue slipped when he mentioned that Leviste had secured an Executive clemency. Leviste does not have any clemency order.
Meanwhile, another source revealed that it might have been Senator Loren Legarda who tipped the media about Leviste's whereabouts the day he was caught.
Legarda and Leviste are reportedly bickering over some child custody matters. They were formerly married. They separated several years back due to a "third party".
Leviste, according to sources, is now with another woman and has renounced the Islamic faith. He is now a "born-again Christian."
Legarda, meanwhile, reportedly does not want to share time and custody of her child with Leviste.
If this is true about Ochoa, the Executive secretary owes it to the public to explain his relationship with Leviste.