MANILA, Philippines — Sally Jonson, Mother of the late artist Bree Jonson, called out Julian Ongpin, Bree’s last companion before her death, to come out of hiding.
“If you are clean, you are not guilty of anything with the death of my daughter, then come out. Save my daughter,” she said in an interview with CNN Philippines’ The Final Word.
She also called out former Trade Secretary and prominent businessman Roberto Ongpin, father of Julian Ongpin to “help your son. Bring him out,” she said. “That’s the least that you can do to your son if you really love him.”
According to reports, the 30-year-old painter was found dead on Sept. 18 in Flotsam and Jetsam hostel in San Juan, La Union. According to reports, the police retrieved cocaine in the room she shared with the younger Ongpin, who is also supposedly her boyfriend.
Police have filed drug complaints against Julian after he tested positive for cocaine use. However, the La Union Provincial Prosecutors’ Office later ordered his release from detention.
The PNP earlier said the younger Jonson died of asphyxia or lack of oxygen due to strangulation. It has yet to conclude if someone strangled her or if it was self inflicted.
It was reported that Julian told authorities that the artist took her own life.
Jonson doubts her daughter could so such.
“For a person who has so much plans, so excited to go to La Union to have her own artist residence there, would you take your own life?”