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The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday welcomed the indictment of Julian Ongpin, a person of interest in the death of artist Bree Jonson, on a case for possession of illegal drugs, according to a report by Philippine News Agency.

“We welcome this significant development in the criminal complaint filed against (Julian) Ongpin. This shows that the justice system in the Philippines is working and that the rule of law applies to all. Lahat ay pantay-pantay sa ilalim ng batas kahit pa ang akusado ay mula sa maimpluwensyang pamilya (Everyone is equal under the law, even if the accused is from an influential clan),” said PNP chief, Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, in a statement.

The San Juan, La Union police has filed a criminal complaint against Julian, son of former trade minister and businessman Roberto Ongpin, after some 12 grams of cocaine was found in Ongpin’s hostel room in La Union where Jonson was also found dead last September 18.

Ongpin was earlier arrested for alleged violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 but was released based on the order of the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office of La Union.

The Department of Justice said the criminal complaint against Ongpin, which is non-bailable, would be filed again before the Regional Trial Court in San Fernando, La Union.

Meanwhile, the probe of the National Bureau of Investigation into the death of Jonson is still ongoing.

Eleazar reiterated that the organization would extend any form of assistance in the investigation of the case. 

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