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Julian Ongpin Tests Positive for Drugs, Whereabouts Unclear: PNP Chief

He faces drug possession charges.
by Arianne Merez
Sep 21, 2021
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Scion Julian Ongpin has tested positive for illegal drugs and is facing charges, the Philippine National Police chief said Tuesday as the investigation on the death of his companion, young artist Bree Jonson continued.

Ongpin was the last person seen with Jonson before she was found dead in the bathroom of their resort room in La Union on Sept. 18. PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said police were waiting for the autopsy of Jonson's remains to determine whether additional charges would be filed against Ongpin.

Ongpin however, according to Eleazar, was ordered released by the provincial prosecutor while the investigation is ongoing. Ongpin's whereabouts have yet to be confirmed.

Nasampahan na ng kaukulang kasong may kinalaman sa iligal na droga ang kasintahan (sic) ni Bree Jonson na si Julian Ongpin matapos itong mag-positibo sa drug test at makuhanan ng cocaine sa kanilang inuupahang kuwarto sa isang resort sa La Union," Eleazar said in a statement.

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Drug possession is punishable by life imprisonment or death under Philippine law, with fines ranging from P500,000 to P10 million depending on the amount of narcotics seized.

Eleazar assured the family of Jonson of a thorough investigation, saying the law would be applied fairly to both the rich and poor. The late artist's mother Sally on Tuesday appealed to billionaire Roberto Ongpin, not to use his influence to protect his son, whom she feared might have left the Philippines.

“This is but another proof that your PNP applies the law without fear or favor. Mayaman man o mahirap, patas ang pagpapatupad natin ng batas dahil hindi lang dangal ng PNP ang nakataya dito kung hindi ang pagtitiwala ng sambayanang Pilipino on the basic but important concept of rule of law,” Eleazar said.

Eleazar said he tasked all concerned PNP units to coordinate to "ensure the availability of Ongpin" as the investigation continues.

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