Jason Ivler

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Jason Aguilar Ivler (born 7 January 1982) is a Filipino-American and former member of the U.S. Army serving in Iraq. He is the suspect in separate traffic-related incidents that resulted in the killing of two people.



Jason was born on 7 January 1982 in Massachusetts, U.S.A. He is the eldest son of Robert Ivler and Marlene Aguilar, sister of Philippine folk musician Freddie Aguilar. He has a younger brother, Kolby.

Marlene and Robert met in the Philippines. According to Marlene, when Jason was two years old, his father was found dead sitting on a chair in a hotel in Bangkok, supposedly killed by a hit-man.

Jason finished AB Psychology at the Hawaii Pacific University. He became a member of the U.S. Army on 15 January 2007 but was removed from active duty on 16 October 2008, reportedly receiving an honorable discharge.

In his teenage years, Ivler starred in GMA Network's 1997 youth-oriented show Thank God It's Sabado (TGIS) as “Bullet,” alongside Dingdong Dantes, Polo Ravales, and Anne Curtis. He also recorded a rap album entitled JsIn in the Philippines, wherein most of the tracks are flecked with expletives, but never made it to record stores since Ivler's enrollment in the U.S. military.

Murder charges

On 18 January 2010, Jason was arrested by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in his mother's home at 23 Hillside Drive, Blue Ridge Subdivision, Quezon City. Two NBI operatives were wounded after Jason “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). Jason 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.

Jason was charged for the murder of the son of presidential chief of staff undersecretary Renato Ebarle Sr. on 18 November 2009. He allegedly shot Ebarle Jr. over a traffic argument in Quezon City. When he was 22, Jason was charged with homicide due to reckless imprudence when, on 8 August 2004, he reportedly lost control of his Toyota Land Cruiser and crashed to an Isuzu Trooper. This resulted in the death of Nestor Ponce Jr. who was President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's adviser for resettlement.

Jason posted bail and allegedly 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 a 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 Jason. His mother Marlene was also charged for obstruction of justice for claiming that Jason had already left the country.

On 16 February 2010, while lying on a stretcher, Jason pleaded “not guilty” during his arraignment at Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 76 presided by Judge Alexander Balut. Jason will be transferred to the Quezon City Jail after he is discharged from the hospital.

Mistaken identity

An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) with the same name was detained in Qatar after he was mistaken for the “road rage slay suspect.”

Jason Vivar Aguilar started working as a welder in Qatar on 18 November 2010 but was reported to the authorities on 31 December, since he shares the name and birth date of Jason Ivler. He was in jail for seven days and then deported. Only upon arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and being interviewed by journalists did he know of the reason behind his imprisonment.

Drug charges

According to NBI, Jason is also facing “dangerous drug charges” in America. In a document from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, there is an outstanding bench warrant of Court of Canal Township in Nevada against Jason. NBI Regional Director Ricardo Diaz said that this is the reason why Jason returned to the Philippines.

Court decision

On November 24, 2015, exactly six years after the ambush, Ivler was found gulity over the murder crime. He sentenced by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court to reclusion perpetua or 30 years in prison bars and ordered to pay more than P9 million pesos of damages to the Ebarle family.




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