No evidence to warrant filing of homicide case vs Julian Ongpin – police
MANILA, Philippines — There was no evidence to warrant the filing of a homicide case against Julian Ongpin, scion of business magnate Roberto Ongpin, for the death of Breana “Bree” Jonson in La Union, a police official said Wednesday.
According to Police Regional Office 1 Director Brigadier General Emmanuel Peralta, physical examination on Ongpin and Joson yielded no wounds or markings “caused by struggle.” He stressed that police are carefully handling this case to avoid error.
“During that time, wala pa naman tayong ebidensya to warrant the filing of homicide case, ‘no. At during the physical inspection ng katawan ni Breana pati din ‘yung katawan ni Julian, wala silang mga wounds or markings caused by struggle,” Peralta explained in an interview over ANC.
(During that time, we do not have any evidence to warrant the filing of a homicide case. During the physical inspection on Breana’s and Julian’s bodies, no wounds or markings caused by struggle were found.)
“So, kung magmamadali tayo ng pagfa-file ng homicide, or even murder case, at in the end ay idi-dismiss na ng prosecutor dahil wala namang karampatang ebidensya, mapupulaan naman ‘yung ating kapulisan,” he also said.
(So, if we’re going to hastily file a homicide case, or even murder case, and, in the end, the prosecutor will dismiss it due to lack of evidence, our police will be criticized.)
The police official, however, said that wounds found on Ongpin’s body were caused by metal nails while ligature marks, possibly from a cat chain, were noted around Jonson’s neck.
The provincial prosecutor’s office earlier released Ongpin after being charged for possession of 12.6 grams of cocaine.
Peralta said the inquest prosecutor’s decision is “beyond their control” and they just followed the order.
He also said they recovered Jonson’s identification card (ID) showing she has a psychosocial disability.
“D’on kasi sa room nila may nakuha tayong ID issued by the Manila LGU na may disability si Breana na psychosocial disability. Then d’on sa room niya may nakuhang anti-depressant na medicine. Nasa custody na ito. Lahat ng itong mga ebidensyang na ito sa ating crime laboratory office,” he narrated.
(In their room, we recovered an ID issued by the Manila local government unit showing that Breana has a psychosocial disability. Then, we also recovered anti-depressant medicine in her room. All of these pieces of evidence are in custody at the crime laboratory office.)
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