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Ongpin seeks case dismissal, HDO lifting

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Following his arrest for possession of illegal drugs (cocaine), art patron and billionaire’s son Julian Ongpin sought the dismissal of the complaint against him from the Department of Justice. He claimed that the cocaine found in the hostel room in La Union where alleged girlfriend and visual artist Bree Jonson was found dead, was not his.


Ongpin asked the DOJ in a petition to withdraw the drug charges and lift the precautionary hold departure order (HDO) through his lawyer Dennis Manalo. Former trade secretary Roberto Ongpin’s son claimed that it was a ploy to control his right to defend himself in court.


His camp also presented video footage and photos obtained by the police scene of the crime operatives that the pouch containing the 12.6 grams of cocaine was Jonson’s. Earlier, both Ongpin and Jonson tested positive for cocaine use.


His petition read, in part: “The DOJ prosecutors were unable to cite any evidence that the respondent-appellant is the owner, custodian or possessor of the pouch bag where the drugs were supposedly discovered.”


Ongpin’s camp said that the DOJ panel flouted Section 21 of RA 9165 (“Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002”), which states that police must immediately conduct a physical inventory of the evidence and photograph the same in the presence of the suspect, his lawyer, a representative from the media and the DOJ, including an elected public official whose job it is to sign copies of the inventory.


According to his team, the DOJ did not follow the Chain of Custody Rule and added that only the duty officer of the La Union resort was present during the inventory of evidence. They said that Ongpin was taken to the hospital for a checkup when the drugs were found.


Last September, Bree Jonson was found dead by La Union authorities in the room of a resort, which she shared with Ongpin. Her autopsy revealed the cause of death as asphyxia. There were ligature marks on her neck.

According to Ongpin, Jonson committed suicide, a story that the artist’s family do not agree with.


The Bureau of Immigration earlier issued an HDO against Ongpin to prevent him from leaving the country.

Photo: Rappler


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