Tipster says he wants justice for Ivler's victim

January 19, 2010 10:50 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 19 — The informant who gave the information to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Jason Ivler's whereabouts on Tuesday claimed that he wanted to help the family of the victim get justice.

The informant whose name was withheld faced the media and said he wanted justice for the victim.

"I am not after the cash reward. I am willing to testify against Ivler. I am also willing to testify against Marlene Aguilar on the charges of obstruction for justice," he said in Filipino.

On the day Renato Victor Ebarle Jr. was shot, the informant said Aguilar imposed some house rules.

Their movements were restricted and they were not allowed to go near the stock room and Ivler's room.

And later, he noticed some changes in the house. "There were changes in the windows and there is a new door,” he said.

This led the tipster to suspect that Ivler was in the house. “I sensed that he was there."

Meanwhile, lawyer Ruel Lasala, Deputy Director for Intelligence Services, said that they doubted the information being offered to them.

"Initially, none of us believed him," he said.

Lasala recounted that a confidential agent informed him two weeks ago about an informant claiming to have knowledge about the whereabouts of Ivler.

The official said they were informed by the source that Ivler was hiding at his house at 23 Hillside Drive Blue Ridge A Subd., Quezon City.

“Gusto lang niyang makatulong sa biktima ni Ivler at makatulong sa mga awtoridad. Isa lang siyang concerned citizen at wala siyang hinihinging kapalit," Lasala said. (He said he only wanted to help the victim's family and help the authorities. He said he is just a concerned citizen and he did not ask for anything in exchange.)

According to Lasala, he instructed Special Investigator Ana Lira Labao to check the credibility of the informant.

Labao was one of the two wounded NBI agents during the shootout on Monday at Ivler’s house.

Labao obliged and validated the information given them. And from there, Lasala added: “The rest is history."

Ivler shot Ebarle on November 18 last year following a traffic altercation in Quezon City.

The government earlier had announced a P1-million reward for the arrest of Ivler.

Lasala said they would give the P500,000 to the informant. The remaining P500,000 would come from the victim's father, Presidential Chief of Staff Undersecretary Renato Ebarle Sr. (PNA)

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