Doha police arrest the wrong Ivler in Qatar, NBI says

January 6, 2010 11:36 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 6 — After Jason Aguilar Ivler, who was tagged principal suspect for the killing of a Malacanang official' son was posted in the Interpol Red Notice, Doha police arrested the wrong person in Qatar, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said.

The NBI said it was a case of mistaken identity. Welder Jason Aguilar was arrested by Doha police last December 31 after he was mistaken for Jason Aguilar Ivler.

Ivler is beig hunted for allegedly shooting to death Renato Victor Ebarle Jr., son of Undersecretary Renato Ebarle Sr. who works with the Office of the Presidential Chief of Staff.

However, despite the fact that welder Aguilar was initially cleared, he would still be deported to the Philippines to ascertain that he was not indeed the Ivler involved in the November 18 killing of Ebarle Jr.

Atty. Angelito Magno, chief of the NBI Special Action Unit (SAU), said Ivler and Aguilar were almost of the same age.

Aguilar’s sister, Janette Lopez, who went to the NBI after learning her brother’s arrest in Qatar, said he has been working in Qatar as welder for a month. She said they were shocked to learn that he was arrested as he has no criminal record.

“We are shocked to learn that he was arrested. Then we were told that he was mistaken for Jason Aguilar Ivler,” she said.

His family arrived at the NBI to present his working papers to prove that Aguilar went there not to hide but to work.

Since the issuance of warrant of arrest for murder, Ivler was put in the Interpol Red Notice.

Magno said authorities and their local counterparts were also verifying the records of the persons bearing the names of Jason Aguilar.

“Ivler could have used alias like Jason Aguilar so even those who carry the name Jason Aguilar are being looked into,” he said.

The NBI official said welder Aguilar was already cleared but he would be still deported Wednesday. “Doha has a directive that there is need for him to be deported to ascertain his real identity,” he said.

A check with the Bureau of Immigration (BI) showed that Aguilar left for Qatar a day before the killing of Ebarle Jr.

Magno said there is big percentage that Ivler remains in the country because of the information reaching the NBI.

The incident occurred at the corner of Boni Serrano and Granada Streets in Quezon City. Ebarle was shot dead after he and the man who was armed with .45 caliber pistol figured in a near collision Nov. 18.

Ebarle’s Toyota Land Cruiser almost figured in a collision with the Honda CRV allegedly driven by Ivler. He was allegedly shot by the driver of blue Honda CRV.

Police reports showed the driver of the Honda CRV blocked the path of Ebarle’s vehicle and repeatedly shot the government official’s son at close range before fleeing.

The Honda C-R-V with diplomatic plate 2-0-9-0-3 was traced by operatives of the NBI Special Action Unit (SAU) and Highway Patrol Group-National Capital Region in Concepcion Dos, Rancho Estate, SSS Village, Marikina City (PNA)

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