Jonson mother to Ongpin: Shed light on death

Ghio Ong - The Philippine Star
Jonson mother to Ongpin: Shed light on death
A bowl of ramen is placed with flowers during the wake of visual artist Bree Jonson at the St. Peter Memorial Chapels in Quezon City yesterday.
Ghio Ong

MANILA, Philippines — The mother of the late visual artist Bree Jonson yesterday appealed to her daughter’s last known companion, Julian Ongpin, to come to the wake and shed light on her death.

“I invite him to come here. If he claims he is my daughter’s boyfriend and he says he loved her, see her lifeless there in the casket,” Sally Jonson told The STAR during her daughter’s wake at a funeral chapel in Quezon City yesterday.

“Ask yourself what happened. You were the last person with her. What did you do?” she added.

The elder Jonson claimed she got to know Ongpin, son of billionaire Roberto Ongpin, only when news of her daughter’s death broke out last week.

She said other people had described Ongpin to her as “a bad guy, a violent person.”

“I don’t want to conclude, but now I know he was caught with drugs, my daughter was already dragged into this mess. I don’t think she was (Julian’s) source of the drugs. It’s too expensive,” she said.

Ongpin allegedly yielded over 12 grams of cocaine when police investigated the room where Jonson was found lifeless at a beach resort in San Juan, La Union last Sept. 18.

Police detained Ongpin on drug possession charges, but he was later released by the provincial prosecutor pending further investigation due to alleged lack of factors supporting his warrantless arrest.

Police later disclosed that both Ongpin and Jonson tested positive for drug use.

Meanwhile, Jonson’s mother cast some doubt on the police investigation into her daughter’s death and sought a parallel probe by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

She pointed out inconsistencies in reports on what was used in the choking of her daughter to death and questioned why some organs taken out during the autopsy were allegedly missing.

Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, pledged to submit to all the possible requests from the Department of Justice (DOJ), which now handles Ongpin’s drug case from the La Union Provincial Prosecutor’s Office.

Eleazar said the PNP would “also dig deeper as to the source of the cocaine seized from Ongpin and Jonson’s room.”

He also said the Police Regional Office 1 is cooperating with the NBI and that they were “continuously working together in connection with the death of Jonson.”

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