(Metro News) Reward for QC road rage suspect raised to P1-M

December 17, 2009 11:00 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 17 -– The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) said on Thursday the reward for any information that would lead to the immediate arrest of Quezon City road rage suspect Jason Ivler has been raised to P1 million.

Police said Ivler is the main suspect in the murder of Renato Victor Ebarle Jr., son of Undersecretary Renato Ebarle Sr. of the Office of the Presidential Chief of Staff in Malacanang.

QCPD officials said the Office of the President raised the reward to P1 million from the previous P500,000 offered by the Philippine National Police (PNP.

QCPD director Chief Supt. Elmo San Diego said there are valid reasons to believe Ivler has not left the country, based on the records of the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

Surveillance cameras in major airports also showed no trace of Ivler leaving the country.

The BI earlier placed Ivler on its watch list to prevent him from leaving the Philippines.

“The suspect is a flight risk, and poses an immediate danger to everyone and we should take every measure to prevent him from leaving the country,” BI chief Marcelino Libanan said in a statement.

QCPD on Wednesday night failed to find Ivler in three houses in Quezon City. They went to the houses of Marlene Aguilar, Ivler's mother, at Nos. 23 and 63 Hillside Drive in Blue Ridge A Village in Quezon City to serve a warrant of arrest against the suspect but failed to find him.

The warrant was issued by the Pasig Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 71.

The police proceeded to a third house, also in Blue Ridge A Village, but were unable to enter the house since it was closed and nobody was there.

Ivler is the stepson of Stephen Pollard, a British consultant of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The suspect used his stepfather’s car with diplomatic plate No. “20903” when he reportedly shot Ebarle over a traffic altercation on a road near Camp Crame, Quezon City.

QCPD has already filed criminal charges against Ivler before the Quezon City prosecutor's office. (PNA)

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