MANILA, Philippines – From writing books, murder suspect Jason Ivler's mother Marlene Aguilar now tries her hand at writing songs.
Aguilar is set to release her first album called “She-Dragon: In The Name of Freedom.”
The 13-track album is composed mostly of revivals except for the song “In The Name of Freedom,” which she wrote for her son Jason.
"I could write a book about Ivler. I could write a hundred songs for him," Aguilar told dzMM's "Mismo" on Wednesday.
Aguilar said when she began to dabble in songwriting, she realized that she could easily pen lyrics in just a matter of minutes.
“If you cannot write lyrics in 15 minutes, you shouldn’t write at all. I think I wrote 7 songs in 1 day. Since December I’ve written 30 songs,” she said.
Aguilar said that while her first release is a compilation of songs written by other artists, her future releases will feature her own compositions.
“Poetry should come as easy as leaves to a tree, it should come naturally. Dapat walang effort ang pagsusulat ng poetry. And songs are poems, really,” she said.
Raising her children
Aguilar admitted that she grew up in a “very dysfunctional” and “violent” family, which is why she has chosen to raise her children in a manner different from how she was brought up by her own parents.
Aguilar said she never bought toys for her daughter Maya because she doesn’t see the point in them.
“I don’t believe in the system, I don’t believe in Barbie dolls,” she said. “I told her, ‘Maya, the best part of you is your mind. You have to feed that mind. That mind will be your biggest weapon in this life and you will feed it by reading books.'”
She also said she’d rather let her 9-year-old daughter play with the children of security guards and maids in their subdivision to expose her to the realities of the world.
“Sabi ko sa mga tauhan ko sa bahay, ‘Pakainin niyo ‘yung anak ko ng tuyo, sapsap, lahat ng pagkaing pang-mahirap. Paglabahin niyo siya,’” she said. “I want her to be prepared for the world, that’s my job as a mother.”
Aguilar also insisted that her son Jason is innocent of charges in the killing of Renato Ebarle Jr., who was shot dead along Boni Serrano Avenue in Quezon City during a traffic altercation in November 2009.
Her son is currently detained at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.
“Jason Ivler is a genius, if people only knew what Jason Ivler is all about,” Aguilar said.
'I have no hate'
Aguilar said that despite her many detractors, she is not harboring any ill feelings toward them.
“It’s difficult for people to understand me because I don’t belong in the system of mankind. People wonder where I get my strength because I am still standing despite the whole nation condemning me. I live in a world outside of yours. No matter what happens to me, inside I have inner peace,” she said.
“Despite the tragedy that my entire family, everything that we have faced, I have no hate. I don’t have it and that’s probably why I’m still here,” she added.