Aquino Sacks his Prison Chief

Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III has forced the resignation of the country’s prisons chief after publication of a case that highlights the culture of impunity for wealthy wrongdoers. Ernesto Diokno, a personal friend of Aquino’s, was forced out Tuesday after television cameras caught Antonio Leviste, the former governor of Batangas Province, in an office building in the Makati business district in Manila, instead of in his jail cell where he was supposed to be serving a 12-year sentence for killing an aide. At the time Leviste told reporters who had caught him that he was freed temporarily for treatment for a dental problem.

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