Jason Ivler Case

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On November 18, 2009, it was reported that Jason Ivler shot Victor Renale Ebato, Jr., who was the son of Malacañang official Victor Renale Ebato, Sr. The shooting was reportedly due to a “traffic altercation.” Ever since the said incident, all police officials were on red alert in search of the suspect. The police raided two houses in a Quezon City village, but found nothing. It was believed that Ivler went into hiding. Officials went all out in looking for him. Inquirer reported that police were even instructed to go online, visit networking sites, and seek for information on the suspect. The search went nationwide, too. Provinces were sought for help and assistance in looking for him. From 500, 000 pesos, the father raised the reward to 1 million pesos, which was to be granted to whoever will find Ivler, to further speed up the manhunt. The National Bureau of Investigation, or NBI, joined in also. According to them, Ivler did not leave the country. They got calls that tipped them on the suspect’s whereabouts.

However, with the police on going with the investigation, the search ended on Monday, January 18. The officials were at Ivler’s residence in Libis, Quezon City, and were seeking information from Ivler’s mother, who persistently denied her son’s presence in the house. They searched the house again, and found a wet towel, which lit the whole action on fire, in Ivler’s “unused” room. The officials asked the mother about it, and it was, then, when Mrs. Aguilar, the mother, demanded the police to leave. Furthermore, as they were being ushered outside, Angelito Magno, an NBI official, saw a stockroom at the foot of the stairs and asked permission to see what was inside. Though he was denied, he pressed on, peeked into the room, and, indeed, saw Ivler. He recalled, “I flashed my light on a tattooed arm. I knew he was there.” Gunshots were, then, fired and exchanged between the police and Ivler. Despite the suspect being well- armed, he was shot. According to the police’s accounts, the suspect was even asking them to kill him right there and then.

Now, reports say that Ivler, who was confined in the Quirino Memorial Medical Center due to the gun wounds, is in a “stable condition.” However, his mother is not off the hook. She will be charged with obstruction of justice after finding out that she was keeping her son in the house all along. Furthermore, NBI Director Nestor Mantaring said that Ivler will be charged with more cases, such as assault on agents or persons in authority, resisting arrest and illegal possession of firearms. Things could go even worse if the authorities can confirm that Ivler’s firearms are not licensed to his name.


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