MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) welcomed the completion of the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into the drug complaint filed against Julian Ongpin, the person of interest in the death of artist Bree Jonson.
The drug complaint must now be resolved as no new issues have been raised by Ongpin and the police.
“We also assure the public that the PNP will cooperate permanently with the NBI [National Bureau of Investigation] in the investigation into the death of Bree Jonson because we would also like to know the truth about this case, ”PNP chief General Guillermo Eleazar said in a statement on Saturday evening.
The drug complaint against Ongpin arose out of the recovery of 12.6 grams of cocaine in the room he shared with Jonson at a resort town in La Union.
This was the same room where Jonson was found dead on September 18.
The artist was laid to rest in Davao City last week.
The incident is under investigation, with the NBI performing a separate autopsy of Jonson’s body to determine the cause of his death.
The professor’s death resolved
Meanwhile, Eleazar praised the Cadiz city police station in Negros Occidental for immediately solving the robbery and murder of a high school teacher.
The Cadiz City Police Station, headed by Lt. Col. Rocky Desear, immediately carried out an investigation and follow-up operations based on the death of Jessica Ducay, 28, a teacher at the National High School Dr. Vicente F. Gustilo Memorial. , October 8.
Eleazar said this resulted in the arrest of the 39-year-old suspect, Delleon del Rosario, who was hired to paint the teacher’s house.
The suspect allegedly stabbed the victim to death before stealing Ducay’s bag and other personal effects.
He was also caught leaving Ducay’s house in Barangay Banquerohan with the victim’s bag containing PHP 79,000 in cash. Del Rosario was arrested during a follow-up operation in Bacolod City.
The suspect is now being held at the Cadiz city police station and has previously been charged with theft with murder.
Death of cyclist Cavite
On Saturday Eleazar ordered a full investigation into the death of a cyclist whose body was found along Abaya Road in Barangay Tabon, Kawit, Cavite on October 3.
Local police initially believed Kenneth Adrian Ponce had been the victim of a hit-and-run, but it was found during the initial autopsy that he had been shot and wounded.
Ponce’s mountain bike was missing, prompting police to include the angle at which he was shot to retrieve his bike.
Eleazar said the parents’ appeal had reached him and that being a father himself, the PNP chief vowed to shed light on the matter.
“Inatasan ko na ang mismong RD, PRO 4A PBGen Ely Cruz with all you want and all that awaits you and what you have to do (I ordered the regional director, Brigadier General Ely Cruz, to focus on this case and ensure that the perpetrators are put behind bars, “he added.
Eleazar also tasked unit commanders with determining schedules and routes for cyclists so that they can conduct police patrols and ensure their safety.
He called on the public to help the authorities solve this case by providing relevant information on the crime. (ANP)