DOJ to issue immigration lookout order vs Ongpin scion

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 21)— The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday said it will issue an immigration lookout bulletin order (ILBO) against Julian Roberto Ongpin following a drug complaint filed against him.

Ongpin, the son of former Trade Secretary and prominent businessman Roberto Ongpin, was reportedly the last companion of painter Bree Jonson — who was found dead in a La Union hostel on September 18. Local police had said they retrieved cocaine in the room shared by Ongpin and Jonson.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra told reporters he has already received the request from Jonson's mother to place Ongpin under the lookout list.

"Considering that charges for violation of the dangerous drugs law have been filed against Julian Ongpin, the DOJ will issue an immigration lookout bulletin order," Guevarra said.

He added the department may also consider requesting the issuance of a preliminary hold departure order "depending on the progress of the preliminary investigation."

Authorities earlier said Jonson's death was initially reported as a suicide. The Philippine National Police said it is conducting a more thorough probe on the case.

Meanwhile, the DOJ said Ongpin was released from detention pending the preliminary investigation.

"The inquest prosecutor of La Union deemed it proper to conduct a regular preliminary investigation of the case to give the law enforcers the opportunity to submit additional evidence to further prove the case for possession of dangerous drugs, and to investigate further if there was 'foul play' which resulted in the death of Bree Jonson," the agency noted.

CNN Philippines is trying to get comment from Ongpin.

CNN Philippines' Anjo Alimario contributed to this report.