MANILA, Philippines - Marlene Aguilar Pollard, mother of road-rage killing suspect Jason Ivler has been released from detention by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Tuesday evening after she posted bail on the obstruction of justice charge filed against her.
Aguilar was released by NBI officials about 8 p.m. after a judge issued a release order.
Aguilar's son was arrested inside his parents' home at Blue Ridge village in Quezon City on Monday morning by members of the NBI special action unit after a bloody shootout. He was immediately rushed to Quirino Memorial Medical Center (QMMC) due to bullet wounds to his abdomen.
He was wanted for the murder of Renato Victor Ebarle Jr., son of Palace official Renato Ebarle Sr.
Aguilar was also arrested Monday and detained at the NBI headquarters in Manila.
Police had filed a complaint against Aguilar before the Quezon City Prosecutor's Office for violating Presidential Decree No. 1829, which penalizes people who harbor wanted criminals, conceal evidence, or give false information to prevent law enforcement agents from apprehending suspects.
Alessandro Jurado, a fiscal at the city prosecutor's office, said there was sufficient evidence to file a charge against Aguilar.
"I love him"
On Tuesday morning, Aguilar was seen apparently feeling weak while at the NBI detention facility.
While crying, however, he spoke of his son who is still in critical condition.
A doctor said on Tuesday morning that they would not yet be able to declare that Ivler is already out of danger. The suspect remains at the hospital's intensive care unit guarded by NBI agents.
"I have not slept, not eaten. My heart breaks beyond words. My son is fighting for his life. and if he dies I will accept it with all humility. But I want everyone to know that no matter what my son did I love him with all my heart an soul," said Aguilar.
Aguilar waited the whole day to be able to post the P12,000 bail recommended by the Quezon City prosecutors.
The only good news she received was that she and Ivler had tested negative in the illegal drug tests conducted by the NBI. Ivler, however, was found positive for gunpowder based on a paraffin test. The paraffin test, said the NBI, proves that Ivler fired his gun, a baby Armalite, at the NBI arresting team.
While she waited, Aguilar said continued to worry for her son.
"Jason, if you can hear me, I will exchange places with you. I will die a thousand deaths by a thousand bullets for you. Till death do us part," said Aguilar.
Straight to QMMC
After her release from detention Tuesday evening, Aguilar went directly to QMMC to visit her son.
"I haven't taken a shower. I just want to see my son and then I'll be back because I might go home tonight," she said before going into QMMC.
After her visit, she again expressed her feelings for her son.
"Whatever he did, whatever happened, I would die for my son. They can call him a monster. The whole world has condemned my son but I will never stop loving him. I would take another bullet for him. I would die for my son a thousand times," said Aquilar before leaving the hospital.
Aguilar was accompanied to QMMC by husband Stephen Pollard of Asian Development Bank. Pollard, however, did not speak to members of media.
Among those seen to have visited Aguilar's in QMMC Tuesday were Maegan, Ivler's cousin and daughter of Aguilar's brother folk musician Freddie Aguilar; Ivler's aunt Aida Aguilar; and friend Christian Morales.
Tight security, meanwhile, was being implemented by the NBI around the hospital.
No medical bulletin was issued by QMMC on Tuesday evening on Ivler's condition.
Dr. Fernando Lopez, a member of the surgical team that attended to Ivler at the QMMC, told ABS-CBN News that blood transfusion was still being given to Aguilar's son due to the large volume of blood he lost due to the bullet wounds in the abdomen as well as during the surgery afterwards. -- With reports from Jeff Canoy and Cecille Lardizabal, ABS-CBN News