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The Philippine National Police on Friday assured the family of artist Bree Jonson that it was not taking sides after they clashed on whether or not she struggled before her death while in the company of billionaire's scion Julian Ongpin.
Jonson's family sought a second autopsy, this time with the National Bureau of Investigation, to verify their theory that the bruises on her neck and other parts of her body were signs of struggle.
The PNP, on the other hand, said initial evidence showed there was no struggle and that Ongpin said Jonson committed suicide in the bathroom of their hotel in La Union. Both were found to have used cocaine before Jonson was found dead and Ongpin was freed after police filed drug a possession complaint before prosecutors.
Ongpin, the son of billionaire Roberto Ongpin, had not been directly linked to Jonson's death. He was the one who reported to staff at Flotsam and Jetsam resort Jonson had died in the bathroom in the wee hours of Sept. 18.
“We respect and fully understand the decision of the family of Bree Jonson to exhaust all the means to find out the truth on this unfortunate incident,” said PNP Chief Gen.Guillermo Eleazar.
Eleazar said he was confident that the PNP and the NBI would arrive at the same findings.
"Nakikiisa kami sa layuning ito kaya nga tiniyak namin na transparent ang aming imbestigasyon upang ipakita sa taumbayan na wala kaming itinatago at wala kaming kinikilingan sa kasong ito,” he said.
Bree Jonson's mother, Sally Jonson, earlier this week appealed to Roberto Ongpin not to use his influence to protect his son.