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Artist Bree Jonson found dead in La Union; drug raps filed vs. companion



Visual artist Bree Jonson (Instagram/breejonson)

Police on Monday filed a drug case against Julian Roberto Ongpin after his companion, painter Bree Jonson, was found dead at a beach resort in San Juan, La Union, where they stayed over the weekend.

A case for violation of sections 11 (possession) and 15 (use) of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Law was filed against Ongpin, son of businessman Roberto Ongpin, according to the Ilocos regional police.

This was after San Juan police found 12.6 grams of cocaine in the hotel room where the younger Ongpin and Jonson had checked in, regional police director Brig. Gen. Emmanuel Peralta said.

Ongpin was also subjected to a drug test and turned out positive for cocaine use, Peralta said in a statement.

According to the official, these were the initial findings after the 30-year-old Jonson, born Breana Patricia Jonson Agunod, was found dead in what was first reported as a suicide on Saturday.

Ongpin, Jonson’s alleged boyfriend, is a “person of interest,” Peralta said.

“Investigation is ongoing to determine the real cause of death of the victim and to be able to gather pieces of evidence for possible filing of other charges if evidence warrants,” he said.

Peralta said he has already instructed the La Union provincial police to conduct a thorough investigation.

He also ordered the Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division, Regional Intelligence Division, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, and Scene of the Crime Operation to closely coordinate and support the provincial police in its probe.

The Regional Legal Service was also tapped to assist in the investigation and to act as crime scene attorney.

Peralta extended sympathies to Jonson’s family.

“Kayo po ay makakaasa sa mabilis at masusing imbestigasyon ng ating kapulisan upang siguraduhing mangibabaw ang katotohanan at makamit ang hustisya,” he added.