Thursday, January 28, 2010

NBI Files More Cases vs Jason Ivler

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed on Wednesday morning additional charges of direct assaults with frustrated and attempted murder against Jason Ivler in connection with the January 18 shootout in his Quezon City house that resulted in the wounding of the murder suspect himself and two bureau officers. 

NBI Director Nestor M. Mantaring said Ivler's mother, Marlene Aguilar, was also slapped with the same charges as accomplice. 

"Additional charges were filed against Jason Ivler as principal, while his mother, Marlene Aguilar, is facing the same charges as accomplice. The charges were filed at the Quezon City Prosecutor's Office this morning," Mantaring said. 

The direct assaults with frustrated murder was in connection with the wound inflicted on Special Investigator Anna Lira Labao of the NBI Intelligence Services, while the direct assaults with attempted murder was for the wound sustained by lawyer Angelito Magno, chief of the Special Action Unit (SAU), the NBI director added. 

This developed as Asian Development Bank (ADB) British consultant Stephen Pollard, stepfather of Ivler, was invited to appear at the NBI on Thursday to shed light into the incident. 

"He is not yet off the hook. He was invited to appear at the NBI Special Action Unit (SAU) on Thursday," Mantaring said. 

The NBI director said the illegal possession of firearms was absorbed in the indirect assaults charges. 

After "Anak" hitmaker Freddie Aguilar cried foul on the alleged illegal search conducted by the NBI inside his house in New Manila to find his nephew Jason Aguilar Ivler weeks ago, the bureau defended its move, saying it used a warrant of arrest and not search warrant in conducting the operation. 

Head Agent Ross Bautista, executive officer of the Office of the Intelligence Services, said the NBI operatives were armed with warrant of arrest for Ivler's case so the operation was legitimate.

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