DOJ confident U.S. embassy won't interfere on criminal raps vs. Ivler

January 21, 2010 11:00 pm 

By Perfecto Raymundo Jr.

MANILA, Jan. 21 — The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday expressed confidence that the United States Embassy would not interfere in the criminal charges facing American citizen Jason Ivler.

Ivler, the suspect in the road rage shooting of the son of Undersecretary Renato Ebarle, Sr. on November 18, 2009, was arrested Monday morning in their residence in Blue Ridge, Quezon City.

DOJ Secretary Agnes Devanadera said the United States Embassy only gives representation to American citizens who reside in the Philippines in order to ensure their security.

However, Devanadera said such representation does not pertain to internal affairs of government.

Following his arrest, Ivler's mother, Marlene Aguilar sought that representation be made by the United States Embassy on behalf of his son, citing his son's American citizenship.

On Ivler's case, Devanadera said, as of today, no such representation has yet been made by the U.S. government.

Nevertheless, the DOJ Chief believes that the U.S. will not interfere on Ivler's case as it has nothing to do with his being a member of the U.S. Marines Corps.

Among the cases facing Ivler are murder, illegal possession of firearms, resisting arrest and possible frustrated murder for shooting it out with operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) that injured two agents of the NBI. (PNA)



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