Marlene Aguilar won't apologize to the Ebarles, says Jason has no regrets
Marlene Aguilar, mother of murder suspect Jason Ivler, told GMA's 24 Oras that she will not apologize to the Ponces and Ebarles. Ivler was captured on January 18 following a manhunt conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for his alleged shooting and killing of Renato Ebarle Jr., son of Presidential Chief of Staff Undersecretary Renato Ebarle Sr. He had previously been charged with reckless imprudence resulting in homicide for the death of former Undersecretary Nestor Ponce Jr. in 2004.
"I don't believe I have any apologies to make. We do not decide who lives or dies. You know that is the choice of heaven," said a calm Aguilar in an interview with 24 Oras.
In an interview with ABS-CBN, Aguilar said, "Jason doesn't regret anything about his life. Jason is not like any human being... Jason has gone to Iraq. He has taken the most dangerous positions while in Iraq. So many times he could have died and so many times I have accepted his death and he is still alive... I mean I saw Jason walking toward the guns. I saw him charging forward. He accepted his death and he is still alive. That is the will of God."
On ABS-CBN's TV Patrol, a teary-eyed Aguilar called for the help of the US embassy to assist her son, "I'm calling for the US Ambassador… Jason is one of your soldiers who fought in Iraq. He fought bravely. This is how they've treated your soldier. Defend him and protect him, please."
The embassy visited Ivler during his confinement at the Quirino Memorial Medical Center (QMMC) as a part of their consular function to check up on US citizens who have been placed under arrest, reports ABS-CBN News.
Although the US embassy declined to disclose any part of their discussion with Ivler, immigration lawyer Joel Cadiz told ABS-CBN that he doubts that the US would be able to do anything to help "a nuisance of society."
"Ito po'ng si Jason Ivler ay hindi po, sa aking pagkakaalam, hindi po siya on active duty ng military ng Estados Unidos, at lalung-lalo na, na hindi po siya nakapaloob sa [Visiting Forces] Agreement (VFA)," said Cadiz.
Aguilar also spoke about her recent arrest to the media, explaining that it was her first time in jail. "I've never been to jail before. I met the mayor from Ampatuan, who was very, very kind to me. He's a very kind man. I hope that the media doesn't condemn him before trial. He's innocent until proven guilty. He's a very kind man," she told ABS-CBN News.
On another note, Aguilar also boasted about her son's sudden popularity boost, citing that Jason's Facebook fan club had gained a thousand members in a span of days.
The Inquirer sought the counsel of experts about Aguilar's handling of her son's situation. Randy Dellosa, a clinical psychologist and psychiatrist said, "A mother's love should be limitless, but it doesn't mean condoning the child's mistakes because helping or getting help for the child, imposing disciplinary actions on him, is also a sign of limitless love."
In a different interview with the Inquirer, folk singer Freddie Aguilar recalled telling his sister, Marlene, that he would volunteer to personally accompany Jason to surrender, but that Marlene denied knowing about her son's whereabouts. The article ended with a line from Aguilar's song, "Anak," which goes, "Pagsisisi at sa isip mo'y nalaman mong ika'y nagkamali…"