Friday, January 22, 2010

Ivler's ma blames 'violent' past for Jason's acts

Ivler 'hates the Philippine gov't'

MANILA, Philippines - Much has been said about Jason Aguilar Ivler's allegedly violent outlook towards authority since his arrest last Monday over the murder of a Palace official's son.

His mother, Marlene Aguilar Pollard, admitted as much on Thursday when asked how Ivler views the Philippine government. "He hates the Philippine government. He has absolutely no respect for the Philippine government," she told reporters.

On Friday, Aguilar revealed that their present ordeal is the direct result of their family's violent past.

Born in Massachussets on Jan. 7, 1982, Ivler is the firstborn of Aguilar and her first husband, Robert Ivler, whom Marlene met in the Philippines.

Aguilar said Jason and his younger brother, Colby, lost their father when they were still very young.

"My husband was found dead in a chair, inside a hotel in Bangkok. He was killed by a professional killer," she said.

Since Jason was only 2 1/2 when his father died, Aguilar did not tell him about his father's death until Jason was older.

She also confessed that she had various affairs before marrying Stephen Pollard, an economist who works as consultant for the Asian Development Bank and Ivler's current stepfather.

She said among her former lovers were a Colombian arms dealer and a wanted criminal who is now serving time in the United Kingdom.

Aguilar said Jason always treated her with gentleness and is a far cry from his brother, Colby, whom he described as hard-headed. She claimed that Jason was a dean's lister at the Hawaii Pacific University where he studied AB Psychology.

"They are extremes. Jason and Colby are both geniuses. When I see Jason, I see heaven. Colby, I call him Saddam, Damien, Hannibal, because everytime I see him, my blood pressure goes up. Lapastangan yan. He drives me totally nuts. I love him. But Jason is the exact opposite. He never raised his voice to me," she said.

A history of violence

It was during his break from school in 2004 when Ivler was involved in the first traffic accident involving a Malacañang official. Ivler was driving his stepfather's Toyota Land Cruiser, which bore diplomatic plates, when he rammed into the car owned by Presidential Undersecretary for Resettlement Nestor Ponce Jr.

Ponce was killed in the accident while his wife and driver survived.

A Philippine National Police (PNP) press statement issued August 2004 said Ivler was charged with reckless imprudence resulting in homicide for Ponce's death.

Reports said Ivler, who was then out on bail, was nabbed in Zamboanga City with two police escorts while trying to catch a ferry bound for Malaysia. The attempt to leave the country despite a pending criminal case prompted the Bureau of Immigration to issue an order preventing him from leaving the country.

Ironically, Ivler was still able to join the US Army on Feb. 15, 2007 despite a pending warrant for his arrest in the Philippines.

Readers of said Ivler served as an Infantryman (11 series) with the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii, with the rank of specialist (E-4). A year later, he was discharged under honorable conditions on Oct. 16, 2008.

In Aguilar's book "Warriors of Heaven", she described how Ivler was arrested by US authorities and pressured to admit things about his family.

A year after leaving the US Army, Ivler again ran afoul of the law when he allegedly shot and killed Renato Victor Ebarle Jr., son of Presidential Chief of Staff Undersecretary Renato Ebarle Sr., on November 18 during a traffic altercation.

He went into hiding for 2 months until his arrest by National Bureau of Investigation operatives in a bloody shootout last January 18.

Despite the ordeal, Aguilar said she has only one wish for her son. "That all of these will end peacefully and we will live peacefully," she said.

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