Oct 21, 2021 @ 13:03

Guevarra: Best for Julian Ongpin to submit himself to court’s jurisdiction

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has advised Julian Ongpin, scion of a wealthy family and a person of interest in the untimely death of visual artist Bree Jonson, to submit himself to the jurisdiction of courts.

“It is best for the accused to submit himself to the jurisdiction of the court so that he will have all the time and opportunity to defend himself in a fair and impartial trial,” Guevarra said.

Ongpin, son of tycoon Roberto Ongpin, was formally indicted for illegal drugs before the San Fernando, La Union regional trial court.

He 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.

Also, Guevarra explained that the presiding 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.

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.

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