To shed light on the death of virtual artist Bree Jonson, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has summoned the scion of wealthy family Julian Ongpin to answer on 6 October allegations linking him to the untimely death of his girlfriend.
This was according to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, who said Ongpin himself was subpoenaed by the NBI to give his own statement with regard to the death of Jonson.
Ongpin was the known companion of Bree at the time she was found unconscious inside the hotel where they were staying.
He is facing charges for cocaine possession, but was freed from detention by the inquest prosecutor to give way for a full-blown preliminary investigation.
Ongpin, 29, was arrested last 18 September in San Juan, La Union, after 12.6 grams of cocaine were found in the hostel room he and Jonson were occupying.
He was Jonson’s boyfriend and was the last companion when she was found unconscious in Flotsam & Jetsam Resort.
She was brought to a nearby hospital but was declared dead on arrival before dawn 18 September.
The scion of Ongpin family claimed that Jonson committed suicide.
Police said Ongpin and Jonson arrived at the resort at 8:30 PM of 17 September, and were fetched by their friends at 10 PM.
They returned to the resort at 2:58 AM on 18 September at 3:30 AM, wherein a commotion was heard in the room occupied by the couple that lasted for approximately 15 minutes.
Guevarra said the NBI has subpoenaed Ongpin, who earlier appeared before Department of Justice prosecutors and submitted his counter-affidavit on charge of illegal possession of dangerous drugs filed against him by the police.
The NBI had earlier been directed by Guevarra to investigate Jonson’s death.
Guevarra said “the NBI has conducted its separate autopsy on the remains of the deceased, and is currently doing forensic and histopathological examinations to ensure that all bases are covered before releasing its findings.”
The La Union Provincial Prosecutor’s Office conducted initial investigation but ordered Ongpin’s release from police custody, pending filing of counter-affidavit.
Guevarra was prompted on request of the regional office of the National Prosecution Service to transfer the venue of the preliminary investigation of Ongpin’s charge of illegal possession of dangerous drugs to the DOJ’s main office in Manila.
Jonson was found “motionless” at the hotel at around 4:50 AM last 18 September, and she was declared dead in a hospital.
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