Department of Justice prosecutors have recently filed a motion for reconsideration in the dismissal of the drug case against tycoon Roberto Ongpin’s son, Julian Ongpin, who is implicated in the death of visual artist Bree Jonson.
Despite the lifting of the precautionary hold departure order (HDO), the Bureau of Immigration is continuing to keep tabs on Ongpin’s whereabouts as the immigration lookout bulletin order on him is still enforced due to the motion for reconsideration.
Ongpin is also still being monitored because the National Bureau of Investigation is still looking into Jonson’s death last September 18 in La Union.
Earlier, the La Union Regional Trial Court branch 27 Judge Romeo Agacita Jr., tossed the charge of possession of illegal drugs against the former trade minister’s son due to lack of probable cause to issue an arrest warrant.
Local police reportedly did not mark the sachets of cocaine in the room, which was among the rules for the chain of custody for evidence under the law.
Ongpin and Jonson both tested positive for cocaine use.
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