THE scion of wealthy family Julian Ongpin has been subpoenaed by the National Bureau of Investigation to answer allegations linking him to the death of visual artist Bree Jonson.
In a message, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra revealed that Ongpin was required to appear before the NBI on October 6.
“Julian Ongpin himself was subpoenaed by the NBI to appear on October 6 and give his own statement re: death of Bree Jonson, ” Guevarra said on Monday.
Ongpin was the last known companion Jonson. He is facing charges for cocaine possession but was freed from detention by the inquest prosecutor to give way for a full-blown preliminary investigation.
Police arrested Ongpin, 29, last September 18 in San Juan, La Union, after 12.6grams of cocaine were found in the hostel room he and Jonson were occupying.
Ongpin was Jonson’s boyfriend and was the last companion when she was found unconscious in Flotsam & Jetsam Resort. She was brought to a nearby hospital but was declared dead on arrival before dawn September 18.
The scion of Ongpin family claimed that Jonson committed suicide.
Police said Ongpin and Jonson arrived at the resort at 8:30 p.m. September 17, and were fetched by their friends at 10 p.m.
They returned to the resort at 2:58 a.m. on September 18. At 3:30 a.m., a commotion was heard in the room occupied by the couple that lasted for approximately 15 minutes.
Footage from a security camera showed Ongpin was looking anxious as he went in and out of the room.