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NBI still on the Bree Jonson case

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on 2 October said the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has taken the sworn statements of companions of virtual artist Bree Jonson and her boyfriend Julian Ongpin in connection with Jonson’s death on 18 September in a resort in San Juan, La Union.

Police said she died of asphyxia or loss of oxygen due to strangulation.

The NBI is continuing its investigation of the case, including conducting a second autopsy on Jonson, while the Philippine National Police (PNP) has finished its own inquiry, said Guevarra.

He added that the NBI has yet to delve on any criminal angle on Jonson’s death, pending the completion of its investigation, and since there is no complaint yet against any suspect.

NBI Deputy Director and spokesperson Ferdinand Lavin said the autopsy was conducted upon the request of Jonson’s family.

On 1 October, the Department of Justice conducted its preliminary investigation on Ongpin, who submitted his counter-affidavit while the PNP gave its supplemental affidavit concerning the 12.6 grams of cocaine found in the room he and Jonson were staying in on the day she was found unconscious.

Jonson was dead on arrival at the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center.

Ongpin was charged with possession of a prohibited substance under RA 9165.

He and Jonson both tested positive for cocaine.

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