(Metro News) QC judge issues arrest order for Ivler

December 23, 2009 11:10 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 23 – The Quezon City Regional Trial Court (QC-RTC) on Wednesday issued a warrant of arrest for fugitive Jason Ivler, the main suspect in the road rage killing of the son of a Malacañang official.

Judge Vivencio Baclig of the QC-RTC Branch 76 issued the warrant based on the murder charge filed against Ivler. The court did not set bail for the suspect.

Ivler, an American citizen and the stepson of an Asian Bank economist, is accused of killing Renato Victor Ebarle Jr., son of Presidential Management Staff Assistant Secretary Renato Ebarle Sr.

Meanwhile, Atty. Lito Magno, chief of the National Bureau of Investigation Special Action Unit, told reporters covering the QC Hall that the arrest warrant allows the government to ask the International Police (Interpol) for assistance in locating and arresting Ivler in case he has fled the country.

An Interpol "red notice" is usually issued for wanted persons based on an arrest warrant.

The NBI official said law enforcers have been using a previous order for Ivler's arrest on a 2004 criminal case accusing him reckless imprudence resulting in homicide.

Magno said tips about Ivler's alleged whereabouts increased after the government raised the reward for his arrest to P1 million.

According to Magno, 70 percent of the tipsters have claimed that Ivler is still in the Philippines. (PNA)



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