Internal organs of artist Bree Jonson returned after autopsy – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   October 4, 2021   •   317

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) clarified that its investigators have turned over to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) all evidence relating to the autopsy conducted on the remains of artist Bree Jonson.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said that the issue on Jonson’s supposedly missing major internal organs was “the result of a misunderstanding.”

Eleazar issued the statement after the family of the deceased artist claimed that the police were trying to delay the NBI autopsy.

“We understand the sentiments and concerns aired publicly by Bree Jonson’s mother but we would like to assure her and other members of the family that the PNP is not causing any unreasonable delay in the process of investigating Jonson’s death,” he said in a statement on Sunday.

“The PNP is just as committed as Bree’s family to finding out the truth of what really happened,” he added.

Eleazar said that after he received information about the sentiments of Jonson family, he immediately contacted the director of the PNP Crime Laboratory Service to seek clarification on the claim that some of Bree’s organs were supposedly not turned over to the NBI.

He said that officials from the PNP Crime Laboratory met with the NBI and the lawyers of the Jonson family on October 1 where it was “clearly” explained that as part of the protocols, some internal organs that were removed during the autopsy were returned to the abdominal activity after tissue samples were taken for hispathological examination

“During that meeting, the NBI Medico Legal admitted that they have seen the organs except that they could not decipher or distinguish clearly where the heart tissues are along with the stomach and trachea as they were cut into sections to fit the abdominal cavity,” Eleazar said.

He said that the substantial extra tissues were turned over to the NBI in the presence of Jonson’s lawyers along with a complete list of organs.

“The NBI Medico Legal scrutinized the tissues and having accounted them all, they proceeded with the acceptance of these tissues through a chain of custody form, which was signed by NBI and witnessed by the lawyers of the Jonson family,” he said.

“All of these were properly documented as part of the investigation protocol,” he added.

“This means that even before the public statement made by the family of Bree Jonson on this issue, this matter was already clarified in the presence of their lawyers Attorneys Em Salandanan and Jessielyn Sunga,” he further stated.

The PNP chief surmised that the comments made by Jonson’s family “stemmed from a misinterpretation of the procedures,” but assured that this was already clarified to them.

“We are carefully scrutinizing every piece of evidence because we do not want a sloppy or haphazard investigation. I appeal for everyone to avoid making conclusions until the PNP and the NBI have finished their probe on Jonson’s death,” Eleazar said.

The Jonson family previously asked the NBI to conduct another autopsy on Bree’s body.

She was found motionless inside a resort room in La Union on Sept. 18. She was with Julian Ongpin at the time of her death.

Julian is the son of businessman and former trade minister Roberto “Bobby” Ongpin.

Police said she died of asphyxia or lack of oxygen.

Local police who responded to the area seized some 12.6 grams of illegal drugs from the room. A report from the local crime laboratory showed that Ongpin tested positive during the drug test.

Julian was briefly detained by police for alleged violation of Dangerous Drugs Act but was released pending results of the investigation.

He has since been charged with drug possession and remains a person of interest in the case.

Commuters na hindi bakunado vs COVID-19, hindi aarestuhin – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   January 18, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Hindi magpapatupad ng aresto ang Philippine National Police (PNP) sa mga pasaherong hindi pa bakunado laban sa COVID-19 sa gitna ng ipinaiiral na “no vaccination, no ride” policy sa mga pampublikong sasakyan sa Metro Manila.

Ayon kay PNP spokesperson Police Colonel Roderick Augustus Alba, papayuhan at pauuwiin lang sa kani-kanilang mga bahay ang mga pasagerong hindi papayagang sumakay sa mga pampublikong sasakyan.

“No arrest will be effected except for specific violations of law that authorized lawful arrest of offenders,” ang wika ni Alba.

Ang PNP ay isa sa law enforcement agencies na katuwang ng Department of Transportation (DOTr) sa pagpapatupad ng nasabing polisiya.

“Naging matagumpay po ang unang araw ng ‘no vax. no ride’ policy ng PNP, DOTR at LTFRB sa kalakhang Maynila, hindi natin pinahihintulutang sumakay sa mga pampublikong sasakyan ang mga walang maiprisintang katibayan na sila bakunado,” ani Alba.

Sa ilalim ng polisiya, hindi papayagang sumakay ang mga hindi bakunado laban sa COVID-19 at walang maipakitang katunayan o dokumento.

Hindi naman nito saklaw ang mga may medikal na kondisyon kaya hindi nabakunahan at ang mga lumalabas ng bahay para sa essential goods and services.

“Ang mga hindi nabakunahang pasahero na nameet naman ang criteria for exemption to the policy ay pinapayagang sumakay at bumiyahe,” ani Alba.

Hindi rin sakop ng polisiya ang mga manggagawang itinuturing na essential workers o nagbibigay ng mahahalagang serbisyo sa publiko.

Una nang ipinaalala ng DOTr na dapat may maipakitang kaukulang dokumento gaya ng medical certificate o iba pang katunayan ang isang indibiduwal upang ma-exempt sila sa nasabing polisiya.

Kung may medical check-up o examination, magtatrabaho, bibili ng essential goods, mag-a-apply ng lisensya, passport at iba pa, kailangan lang din na magpakita ng mga pruweba ng pagpunta sa mga kaukulang lugar gaya ng identification card sa mga empleyado, medical o exam appointment, barangay health pass at iba pa.

Kung fully vaccinated na, dapat ay dala ang vaccination card.

Samantala, plano naman ng PNP na magpakalat ng mga tauhang magsisilbing “mystery passenger” sa mga pampublikong sasakyan na magbabantay sa mga tsuper at konduktor na lalabag sa ipinatutupad na health protocols.

Kukunin ng mga ito ang plate number ng sasakyan at ang ruta nito at para sa karampatang aksyon.

Nagbabala naman ang PNP sa mga gumagamit ng pekeng vaccination cards na maaari silang makulong ng hanggang anim na buwan at magmulta ng hanggang P50,000. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)


P1.1 million worth of shabu seized in Taguig City

Robie de Guzman   •   January 13, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — Around P1.1 million worth of illegal drugs were confiscated in a series of operations in Taguig City, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Thursday.

In a statement, the PNP said police operatives conducted four successive operations, led by the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Tuesday, January 11.

Initial report revealed that a tricycle driver identified as Halil Abo, 26, was arrested after two heat-sealed plastic sachets of shabu worth P173,400.00 were found in his possession.

An hour after, elements of the NCR Drug Enforcement Unit conducted a separate buy-bust operation leading to the confiscation of P515,440 worth of illegal drug and the arrests of drug suspects, Wynlove Buco, 38, and Eusebio Bahia Jr.,43.

Taguig City police also arrested 44-year old Raffy Lumenda, who was found with illegal drugs with a street value of P345,440.00.

Two individuals, identified as Alvin Co, 36, and Jessie Christopher Cruz, 38, were also nabbed for illegal drugs along MLQ St., Purok 5, Brgy. Lower Bicutan, Taguig City in another anti-illegal drugs operation conducted on the same day. Confiscated items were packs of suspected shabu worth P76,160.00.

PNP chief Police General Dionardo Carlos lauded police officers involved in the operation.

“Successive operations in a day—this is a feat. I thank the dedication of the police units involved. This huge amount of illegal drugs must be reflective of the network of narcotic operations that may be behind these cases,” he said.

“The next step is to identify the big fish,” he added.

PNP to monitor public safety as more schools resume limited in-person classes

Robie de Guzman   •   January 13, 2022

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday said it will implement a deployment plan within the vicinity of various campuses as more schools are set to resume limited face-to-face classes amid the rising cases of COVID-19.

The PNP issued the statement following the announcement of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) that it will push through with the Phase 2 of the limited in-person classes in higher education institutions (HEI) in areas under COVID-19 Alert Level 3.

CHED earlier said the Department of Health has allowed the in-person classes to commence on January 30 for HEIs located in areas under Alert Level 3, while universities and colleges under Alert Level 2 can begin anytime.

“We defer to the wisdom of CHED in allowing the limited resumption of face-to-face classes. Our primary duty is to make sure the minimum public health standards are strictly observed amid another spike of COVID-19 cases especially in areas under Alert Level 3,” PNP Chief General Dionardo Carlos said in a statement.

He said schools planning to resume limited physical classes should be prepared to welcome back the students, teachers and other non-teaching staff safely.

“These HEIs that are willing to reopen must assume the responsibility of complying with the health and safety protocols,” Carlos said.

Aside from the schools, the PNP said establishments surrounding educational institutions are also expected to begin receiving more customers or clients.

“Thus, they are reminded of the importance of implementing the minimum public health standards like temperature scanning before entry, observance of physical distancing, wearing of face masks, and non-acceptance of unvaccinated individuals if backed by a valid mandate,” it added.

The PNP also urged security officers from the private sector to work closely with the police to better control the gathering of people and prevent the further spread of COVID-19.


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