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Members of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) forensic team on Saturday conducted an inspection, and reenactment of some of the scenes at a hotel in La Union where visual artist Bree Jonson was found dead on September 22, 2021.

In an exclusive report, John Consulta on “24-Oras Weekend” said that NBI director Eric Distor personally led the inspection and reenactment of some scenes in the parallel probe by the agency, following the Philippine National Police’s initial investigation.

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According to the report, the forensic team conducted an inspection of the places in the hotel where Bree Jonson and Julian — son of businessman Roberto Ongpin — had gone to, including their hotel room.

Also, the NBI team inspected the bathroom where Bree was found dead and the window where Julian supposedly forced himself through to get to unconscious Bree.

On the other hand, agents of from the NBI’s Death and Investigation Division conducted the reenactment after the scene inspection, the report added.

“Gusto nating makita yung mga physical evidence, especially the incident scene, kasi importante yun, at makakatulong sa atin upang malaman natin kung ano talaga ang totoong nangyari,” said director Distor.

(We want to see the physical evidence, especially the scene of the incident so that we will be able to establish what really happened.)

After the re-autopsy and the collection of tissue samples from the victim, all the pieces of evidence and data will be brought to the NBI laboratory in Quezon City for analysis, the report added.

Likewise, the NBI will conduct a psychological autopsy on Bree — through interviews with her family, relatives, and friends to look into who the artist really was as a person.

“Iipunin natin ang mga ebidensiya: Number one yung testimonies, number two yung mga physical evidence, and then yung mga forensic evidence natin” (We will gather all the evidence –physical and forensic – and the testimonies), Distor said.

“Ang susunod nito, i-evaluate natin, i-assess, at magbibigay tayo ng recommendation para ang lalabas ay pawang katotohanan lamang. The recommendations will be forwarded to the Department of Justice,” Distor added.

PNP welcomes NBI probe

Earlier on on Saturday, the PNP welcomed the decision of the Department of Justice to take over the preliminary investigation into the drug case filed against the young Ongpin.

Julian is facing a criminal complaint for possession of drugs after police authorities recovered 12 grams of cocaine in the room he shared with Jonson.

He also tested positive for cocaine.

Meanwhile, Eleazar said the PNP and the NBI will continue investigating the death of Jonson, who was earlier reported to have supposedly committed suicide. 

Initial findings on the autopsy report showed that the cause of Jonson’s death was asphyxia.

However, Jonson’s mother believes that her daughter did not commit suicide and fought for her life due to the “wounds ” on Ongpin’s arm.

Ongpin had told the police that he got the wounds while attempting to break through a small window into the bathroom, where he saw Jonson unconscious.

Authorities inspected the said window and said it matched Ongpin’s testimony. —LBG, GMA News

Read more, click here: GMA News

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