Oct 22, 2021 @ 14:37
Drug raps vs Julian Ongpin raffled off to San Fernando, La Union RTC Branch 27
The illegal drugs charges lodged against scion of wealthy family Julian Ongpin was raffled off to Branch 27 of the San Fernando, La Union regional trial court, it was gathered on Friday.
As of this posting, a warrant of arrest against Ongpin has yet to be issued by Judge Romeo Agacita.
Previously, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra explained that the judge will examine the existence of a probable cause before deciding to issue a warrant of arrest or not.
“The judge to whom the case will be raffled will first determine the existence of probable cause based on the records submitted to the court by the DOJ panel of state prosecutors. If the judge finds probable cause, he or she will issue a warrant of arrest, ” Guevarra said.
The Department of Justice on Tuesday formally filed illegal drugs charges against Ongpin, who is also a person of interest in the untimely demise of visual artist Bree Jonson.
Ongpin, son of former Trade and Industry minister Roberto Ongpin, was indicted for “Possession of Dangerous Drugs (i.e. cocaine) under Section 11 of Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
The information against Ongpin stated that the offense was non-bailable.
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.