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Police extend manhunt for Jason Ivler

By Julie M. Aurelio, Nancy C. Carvajal
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:34:00 12/17/2009

Filed Under: Crime, shooting

MANILA, Philippines -- Metro Manila police are now seeking help from their provincial counterparts in their manhunt for road rage suspect Jason Ivler, who may have fled to neighboring provinces to evade arrest.

?We are now coordinating with chiefs of the local police in the provinces,? said Quezon City Police District Director for Operations Supt. Audie Arroyo.

A search conducted Wednesday night in two houses inside Blue Ridge A subdivision in Quezon City, failed to yield results as police were unable to serve an arrest warrant on Ivler for a previous homicide case in 2004 involving a Malacañang official, Nestor Ponce.

Ivler, an American citizen and the stepson of an Asian Bank economist, is wanted for allegedly shooting Renato Ebarle Jr., the son of Undersecretary Renato Ebarle Sr., during a traffic altercation last month.

QCPD officials earlier said they believed Ivler was still in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

However, Arroyo said they were now not discounting the possibility that the suspect could be hiding in far-flung areas of the country, and not just provinces near Metro Manila.

Ivler?s photo will be released to the five police districts under the National Capital Region Police Office, with 6,000 copies bearing the promise of a P500,000 reward and a warning that Ivler could be armed and dangerous.

Earlier, QCPD director Chief Supt. Elmo San Diego said he believes Ivler still carries with him the handgun he allegedly used to shoot Ebarle on Nov 18.

The posters will be put up in transport hubs, malls, markets, bus terminals, night clubs and bars, and even on tricycles.

Meanwhile, Chief Insp. Benjamin Elenzano of the QCPD Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit, said the NCRPO has also formed tracker teams in each police district to go after Ivler.

NCRPO Director Roberto Rosales has ordered ?an extensive and a no letup manhunt? against Ivler. He added that he wanted the suspect arrested ?the soonest possible time.?

During the police search on Wednesday in two houses, Ivler?s mother, Marlene Aguilar-Pollard, told police that her son was being held by a ?very influential group.?

Arroyo said they were verifying the information, adding it could be a diversionary tactic.

?There?s no hard evidence to charge the mother of obstruction of justice at this time,? Arroyo told reporters the other day.

?We believe she knows where her son is hiding, but mere belief is not enough to indict her. We need proof,? he added.

Police have filed a murder complaint in the Quezon City Prosecutor?s Office against Ivler, whom his mother described as a ?highly-trained? soldier of the US Army.

The victim was shot dead after his Toyota Land Cruiser almost collided with a Honda CRV allegedly driven by Ivler.

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