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FilAm Jason Ivler convicted of murder, gets life in jail

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QUEZON CITY — The Quezon City Regional Trial Court has found Filipino-American Jason Ivler guilty in the fatal shooting of a son of a former Malacanang official during a traffic altercation in 2009, and sentenced him to life in prison.

Judge Luisito Cortez of the QC Regional Trial Court Branch 84 also ordered Ivler's transfer to the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City.

According to agents of the National Bureau of Investigation who arrested him after a firefight in their home, Ivler was facing “dangerous drug charges” in America. In a document from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, there was an outstanding bench warrant of Court of Canal Township in Nevada against Ivler, which could be the reason he returned to the Philippines


Ivler, an American discharged from the US military service and son of Marlene Ivler, a sister of singer Freddie Aguilar, was the same person who figured in the death of Manila Congressman Nestor C Ponce Jr. in a vehicle collision in Quezon City in 2004.

Judge Cortez also ordered Ivler to pay P9 million in damages to the family of Renato Ebarle Jr. with whom Ivler had a heated argument in Santolan district in November 2009 that led to Ivler shooting Ebarle to death.

The family of Ivler is reportedly filing an appeal.

On January 18, 2010, Ivler was arrested by NBI agents in his mother's home at 23 Hillside Drive, Blue Ridge Subdivision, Quezon City. Two NBI operatives were wounded after Ivler “went amok” and instigated a brief shootout. 

NBI Special Action Unit Chief Lito Magno was grazed on his right thigh and was rushed to Medical City, while Special Agent Anna Lara, who was hit in her chest, was taken to Quirino Memorial Medical Center (QMMC). Ivler was also brought to QMMC since he sustained gunshot wounds, one in his right shoulder, another in his left abdomen that cut through his spleen and large intestines.


When he was 22, Ivler was charged with homicide due to reckless imprudence when, on August 8, 2004, he reportedly lost control of his Toyota Land Cruiser which jumped to the other lane and crashed to an oncoming Isuzu Trooper driven by Ponce Jr. who was then  President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's adviser for resettlement.


Ivler posted bail and attempted to flee to Malaysia by boat but was arrested in Zamboanga City. He was considered a fugitive after failing to appear in the homicide case hearings that are still pending in Pasig City court.


Additional charges of resisting arrest, complex crime of direct assault with frustrated and attempted murder, illegal possession of firearms, and violation of election gun ban were filed by NBI against Ivler. His mother Marlene was also charged for obstruction of justice for claiming that Ivler had already left the country.


On 16 February 2010, while lying on a stretcher, Ivler pleaded “not guilty” during his arraignment in court.

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