After drug possession charges against Julian Roberto Ongpin were junked by the San Fernando, La Union (LU) Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 27, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Lt. Gen. Dionardo Carlos has decided that the case is yet to conclude.
The newly instead PNP Chief has launched a full review of the dismissed charges, as well as instructed the PNP Legal Service’s Ilocos field office to work in tandem with the LU provincial prosecutor to file a motion for reconsideration.
“We want to know which aspect of the case may have been overlooked to preclude similar situations in other police operations,” Carlos announced.
PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management director Maj. Gen. Omega Jireh Fidel has been tasked with looking into any mishandling and oversight of the evidence and overall case against the Ongpin.
According to LU RTC Branch 27 Judge Romero Agacita Jr., a lack of probable cause to issue a warrant of arrest against Ongpin was what derailed the charges.
Early morning of September 19, police responded to the call of a dead body having been found.
Arriving at the hostel room of Ongpin and artist Bree Jonson, whom the accused claimed to be his girlfriend, officers found the latter lifeless. The former had said that she allegedly committed suicide.
Police proceeded to take Ongpin to a hospital for a medical check-up, but in doing so, removed him from the premises before discovering around 12 grams of cocaine.; the illegal drugs were marked as evidence, but not in Ongpin’s presence.
Meanwhile, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is looking into the death of Jonson, who was reported to have died of asphyxia.
Julian Ongpin is the son of wealthy business tycoon and former trade minister under the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Roberto Ongpin.