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Artist Bree Jonson laid to rest; kin rage over ‘sloppy’ PNP investigation

Ahikam Pasion
Artist Bree Jonson laid to rest; kin rage over ‘sloppy’ PNP investigation

Artist Bree Jonson is laid to rest at the Davao Memorial Park in Davao City on Sept 29, 2021

Sally Jonson, Bree’s mother, says she is livid over how the police are handling the investigation

Davaoeña artist Breana Patricia Jonson Agunod, popularly known as Bree Jonson, was laid to rest today, September 29.

Her remains were interred at the Davao Memorial Park.

Sally Jonson, Bree’s mother, expressed her dismay over the investigation, and authorities releasing of Julian Ongpin — son of billionaire Bobby Ongpin, despite possession of 12.6 grams of cocaine.

In a two-minute live video by a Facebook page handled by Bree’s family,  Sally called  out the Philippine National Police (PNP) for not acting on their filing a motion of reconsideration on the release of the 29-year old Ongpin.

Sally, speaking after the internment, said the family had drafted the document at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) offices on Friday, September 24 “para derecho na“. (So it could be processed immediately.)

But, she added, “the PNP, they’re delaying it.”

Bree’s mother said the family handed the motion for reconsideration to a senior officer of the PNP.

Hawak, hawak nya, ilang araw na,” she said. (He’s been holding on to it for several days.)

Tapos kanina, tatanungin namin, hindi nya pala alam kung anong gagawin.” (When we asked him about it, he said he does not know what to do.)

“How stupid is that? They’re delaying it! Oh my God! Malaki ang respeto ko sa PNP, pero yung mga taong nakaupo sa PNP, wala po akong respeto”, said Jonson in an interview after the interment.

Rappler called La Union provincial police director, Colonel Jonathan Calixto several times and also texted him, but did not get a response. Rappler will update this story as soon as he gives a statement.

“It’s so frustrating, so disappointing, I’m so livid right now sana hindi mangyari sa mga anak ninyo, general,” said Sally.

(I hope this doesn’t happen to your children, general.)

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In a text message, Jill Palarca, Bree’s cousin, expressed hope that the media would continue helping their family.

“I hope the media will help us call out the obviously hidden agenda of PNP”, said Palarca. –

Ahikam Pasion is a Luzon-based journalist and an awardee of the Aries Rufo Journalism Fellowship.