(Update) Usec. Ebarle thanks NBI, Police for Ivler

January 18, 2010 2:23 pm 

MANILA, JAN. 18 –- Presidential Chief of Staff Undersecretary Renato Ebarle Sr. on Monday thanked the law enforcement authorities for the successful arrest of road rage suspect Jason Ivler who is accused of shooting to death his son, Renato Jr. during a traffic altercation in Quezon City late last year.

“We thank the Philippine National Police (PNP), Quezon City Police District (QCPD) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for the speedy solution of my son’s case. Mr. Ivler has disturbed a lot people,” Ebarle said in a telephone interview.

The elder Ebarle said Ivler and those involved in hiding him should be given a hold departure order including his step father, Stephen Pollard.

Undersecretary Ebarle noted Ivler's mother even told police that she received an e-mail from her son, saying that he was already in the United States.

The elder Ebarle said charges should be filed against the house staff of the Ivler home as well as Ivler's father, Asian Development Bank official Stephen Pollard, for harboring a known criminal.

The Palace official thanked law enforcers for not letting up on the case and for finally arresting Ivler. "It's good that he was finally arrested because he could hurt a lot more people," he said.

"Today, January 18, is the 60th day since my son was killed. He was killed on November 18. This is my only son. It's been very hard for us but this morning, our prayers were answered," he added.

Ivler, the suspect in the killing of the son of a Malacañang official, was finally arrested Monday morning by NBI operatives after a gunfight that injured an agent and allegedly, the suspect himself in Quezon City.

Initial reports showed that at 7:35 am NBI agents arrested Ivler, who was allegedly hiding inside his room located at the basement of their residence in No. 23 Hillside Drive in Blue Ridge A Subdivision in Libis, QC.

The NBI agents arrived at the suspect’s residence at around 6 a.m. Monday. Before the arrest, NBI agents were posted around the residence of Marlene Aguilar, after receiving a tip-off that Ivler had been "hiding" in the said mansion for several weeks now.

Using two ladders, several operatives went over the gate of the Aguilar residence and searched the entire house.

They were greeted by the protestations of Aguilar, who earlier claimed that she was not aware of the whereabouts of her son.

A wet towel, which was seemingly dumped hurriedly at the basement floor, however, tipped NBI agents further that "someone" was inside one of the basement rooms.

NBI agents converged at the area. When agents were about to arrest Ivler, the latter allegedly open fired at the arresting team, hitting Special Investigator (SI) Anna Labao in the right leg.

Ivler, while being whisked out of the mansion, also seemed to have been hit. NBI lawyers were present during the NBI operation.

Ivler was implicated in the killing of Renato Ebarle Jr., who was gunned along Boni Serrano in Barangay Socorro, Quezon City, after figuring in a traffic altercation on November 18, 2009. Ivler was rushed to the Quirino Memorial Medical Center (QMMC) after sustaining gunshot wounds to the right shoulder and left upper abdomen.

Dr. Fernando Lopez, chief of the QMMC Surgery department, said in a telephone interview Ivler's vital signs have already stabilized although he would have to undergo surgery to remove his spleen.

"The patient has been stabilized and his vital signs are OK at the moment. He's currently under general anesthesia. The bullet went through his abdomen and pierced his large intestine," he said.

Ivler’s name was already on the Interpol Red Notice List since his warrant of arrest was released in the Philippines on December 23, 2009.

Malacañang also offered a P1-million reward for any information that would lead to Ivler’s arrest.

Ivler, an American citizen, is the stepson of an Asian Bank economist. He faced a criminal case in 2004 which accused him of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide.

He was involved in a deadly car accident that killed presidential adviser Nestor Ponce Jr. in August 2004.

Road rage suspect Jason Ivler was arrested by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) before dawn Monday at his family residence in Blue Ridge, Quezon City. (PNA) V3/JCA

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