MANILA, Philippines - Government authorities on Thursday raised to P1 million the reward for any information that would lead to the arrest of Jason Ivler, the main suspect in the murder of Renato Victor Ebarle Jr. who is the son of assistant secretary Renato Ebarle.
According to lawyer Lito Magno, chief of the National Bureau of Investigation Special Action Unit, the Office of the President raised the reward to P1 million from the previous P500,000 reward being offered by the Philippine National Police.
Magno said the NBI has reason to believe Ivler is still in the Philippines and has not left the country, based on the records of the Bureau of Immigration. Cameras in major airports also showed no trace of Ivler leaving the country.
The Bureau of Immigration earlier placed Ivler on its watchlist to prevent him from leaving the Philippines. “The suspect is a flight risk, and poses an immediate danger to everyone and we should take every measure to prevent him from leaving the country,” BI chief Marcelino Libanan said a statement.
Libanan also directed Ferdinand Sampol, chief of the airport operations division and immigration supervisors at the Ninoy Aquino International Airports, Diosdado Macapagal International Airport Laoag International Aiport, Mactan International Airport and Davao International Aiport, to immediately implement the order against Ivler.
Magno said Ivler could be receiving help to elude arrest. He said whoever is hiding Ivler would himself be charged for obstructing justice.
Police on Wednesday failed to find Ivler in 3 houses in Quezon City.
Police searched the houses of Marlene Aguilar, Ivler's mother, at Numbers 23 and 63 Hillside Drive in Blue Ridge A Village in Quezon City to serve a warrant of arrest against the suspect but failed to find him.
The warrant was issued by Pasig Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 71.
Police also went to a 3rd house, also in Blue Ridge Village, but were unable to enter the house since it was closed and reportedly nobody was there.
Ivler is the stepson of Stephen Pollard, a consultant of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The suspect used his stepfather’s car with plate number “20903” when he reportedly shot Ebarle over a traffic altercation.
The Quezon City Police District has already filed criminal charges against Ivler before the Quezon City prosecutor's office.