The mother of promising painter Bree Jonson believes her family is in for an uphill battle for justice against the scion of bilyonaryo and former Marcos trade minister Roberto “Bobby” Ongpin.
“Ang bigat niyan…kasi kami ay ganito lang (gesturing na maliit) sa mata ng ibang tao at giant yung aming hinaharap. Pero ang sa akin lang is kung may kasalanan ang anak mo (Ongpin), ipag-panagot mo sa kanya yun,” said Sally in an interview with ANC.
On September 18, the staff of Flotsam and Jetsam hostel in San Juan, La Union found Bree’s lifeless body in a room she shared with Ongpin’s son Julian.
Julian was arrested for drug charges on September 19 but was released the following day.
“According to the staff ng Flotsam and Jetsam resort where they stayed, dumating sila ng resort mga 8:30. Then they were picked up by a friend to party. Uminom sila. Nakainom. Tapos bumalik sila midnight. Then they heard a noise na nagaaway, may commotion. Then they heard a loud noise and then that’s it. Kinatok daw and then wala na. Lifeless na daughter ko,” said Sally.
Sally, who arrived in the country last Monday from Canada, protested the alleged special treatment given by the police to Julian (he was released despite drug possession being a non-bailable offense) and the undue delay in conducting an autopsy on their daughter (autopsy only started on September 21).
“So sana mabigyan ng tamang proseso. Idaan natin sa investigation, wag yung idaan niyo sa power and everything. Iayos natin ito. Kawawa naman yung anak ko,” said Sally.
Sally appealed for help from her fellow Davaoeno, President Rodrigo Duterte, just to even the odds in her battle against the powerful and rich family of Julian.
“Kababayan ko naman si President Duterte. Sana matulungan mo kami na
ako makakuha ng shortened quarantine and for justice sa anak ko. Kasi maraming signs na hindi siya nag-OD, hindi siya nag-suicide,” said