Sep 22, 2021 @ 12:41

DOJ, Prosecutor’s Office explains release of Julian Ongpin

The La Union Provincial Prosecutor’s Office has ordered the release of Julian Ongpin, who was arrested for cocaine possession and for being a person of interest behind the death of visual artist Bree Jonson, because it deemed proper to conduct a full-blown preliminary investigation into the incident.

“The case is not proper for inquest proceedings. The apprehension of the respondent does not fall under any of the instances where warrantless arrest is allowed,” the inquest resolution of the Prosecutor’s Office read.

Also, the Department of Justice stressed that a formal preliminary investigation was necessary to give authorities more time to submit additional evidence in order to (1) prove the case for illegal drugs and (2) find out if there was foul play in Jonson’s death.

Police arrested Ongpin, 29, on Saturday in San Juan, La Union, after 12.6 grams of cocaine were found in the hotel room he and Jonson were occupying.

Ongpin 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 on Saturday.

The scion of Ongpin family claimed that Jonson committed suicide. But police authorities are still awaiting result of autopsy conducted on her body.

Police said Ongpin and Jonson arrived at the resort at 8:30 p.m. Friday, and were fetched by their friends at 10 p.m.

They returned to the resort at 2:58 a.m. on Saturday. At 3:30 a.m., a commotion was heard in the room occupied by the couple that lasted for approximately 15 minutes.

Footage from a security camera showed Ongpin was looking anxious as he went in and out of the room.

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