Mistaken for Ivler, welder Aguilar seeks indemnity thru Migrante

January 7, 2010 11:02 pm 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, Jan. 7 — For now, there is nothing the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) could do in the seeming miscarriage of justice on the person of a formerly Qatar-based Filipino welder Jason Aguilar.

The welder had been deported on allegations he was the Filipino-American Jason Aguilar Ivler being hunted by Philippine authorities in last year’s death of another Filipino in Manila.

Reports fly high and wide that the elusive stepson of a foreign economist with the Asian Development Bank has slipped out of the country or that he is expertly hidden by influential friends and relatives.

While there is no official authoritative explanation yet on how the welder came to be mistaken for Ivler except for the similar name, DFA spokesperson J. Eduardo Malaya said the matter “is not something for a foreign ministry to address.”

Malaya said authorities were apparently mistaken in their treatment of welder Aguilar.

But the Middle East-based Filipino non-governmental organization “Migrante” said it is “clearly a case of government’s slackness (sic)” in police procedures. It added the Philippine diplomatic post in Doha could have been more helpful.

“What is quite alarming is the swift deportation of OFW Jason Aguilar. For sure he has been investigated in Doha, and the RP post could be of help to validate that he is not the Jason Aguilar Ivler, and explain to the arresting authorities that indeed OFW Jason Aguilar is not the suspect listed in the Interpol Red Notice,” Migrante asserted.

“The case of OFW Jason Aguilar, who was deported because of having a name similar to the alleged road slay suspect Jason Aguilar Ivler is a clear case of government’s slackness,” Migrante wrote to media outfits.

Migrante claimed that Jason Aguilar already arrived on Thursday morning aboard Qatar Airways flight QR-648, accompanied by Interpol agents who turned him over to Philippine Immigration authorities at the Ninoy Aquino International Airports. The Philippines News Agency could not independently confirm the information.

“Our poor fellow OFW Jason Aguilar has been treated like a convicted criminal, where in fact he is as innocent as a new born child; this mistaken identity case is clearly a result of government slackness,” Migrante said.

Worried for the welder’s family, Migrante asked Philippine authorities to clear the OFW’s name and send him back to his workplace. It also wants assurances that he is not blacklisted in Doha and other countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

He must also be indemnified and paid for moral damages, Migrante demanded.

”The public, especially the OFW sector, deserves an explanation from the government about this mistaken identity incident, and how the many ‘Jason Aguilar’ rights and well being will be safeguarded and protected,” Migrante stressed. (PNA)



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