Sep 26, 2021 @ 16:47
DOJ prosecutors to handle Julian Ongpin case to be known this coming week
The Office of the Prosecutor General will announce this coming week the state prosecutors who will handle the drugs charges filed against Julian Ongpin, scion of a wealthy family who was arrested but was later freed for cocaine possession, and the last companion of now deceased Bree Jonson.
“The prosecutor general as head of my prosecution staff will designate the state prosecutors who will handle the preliminary investigation of the case,” Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said over the weekend.
Just recently, the DOJ announced that it will take over the preliminary investigation on the drug complaint filed against Ongpin.
Ongpin is facing charges for cocaine possession but was freed from detention by the inquest prosecutor to give way for a full-blown preliminary investigation.
Police arrested Ongpin, 29, last September 18 in San Juan, La Union, after 12.6 grams of cocaine were found in the hostel 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 (September 18).
The scion of Ongpin family claimed that Jonson committed suicide.
Police said Ongpin and Jonson arrived at the resort at 8:30 p.m. September 17, and were fetched by their friends at 10 p.m.
They returned to the resort at 2:58 a.m. on September 18. 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.