'If you're clean, come out': Bree's mom urges Ongpin to surface

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 28) — Sally Jonson, mother of the late artist Bree Jonson, is asking Julian Ongpin - the last person seen with the painter before she died - to come out if he's not guilty of anything.

"If you are clean, you are not guilty of anything with the death of my daughter, then come out. Save my daughter," she said in an interview with CNN Philippines' The Final Word.

She also had a message for Julian's father, former Trade Secretary and prominent businessman Roberto Ongpin: "Help your son. Bring him out. That's the least that you can do to your son if you really love him."

The 30-year-old painter was found dead on Sept. 18 in a La Union hostel, where police retrieved cocaine in the room she shared with the younger Ongpin, who is also supposedly her boyfriend.

Police have filed drug complaints against Julian after he tested positive for cocaine use. However, the La Union Provincial Prosecutors' Office later ordered his release from detention.

Jonson is questioning the way authorities are handling her daughter's case, noting how they appear to be acting in favor of the Ongpins.

"I was just so surprised with the PNP (Philippine National Police), every time they make their statements it always favors the Ongpins. It's not really fair," she said.

"To PNP, please be fair...It seems to me you are the legal counsel of the Ongpins," she added.

Jonson also asked police to look into the possible illegal drugs case of Julian, emphasizing how the Duterte administration has always focused on ending illegal drugs in the country.

The PNP earlier said the younger Jonson died of asphyxia or lack of oxygen due to strangulation. It has yet to conclude if someone strangled her or if it was self inflicted.

It was reported that Julian told authorities that the artist took her own life.

Jonson doubts her daughter could so such.

"For a person who has so much plans, so excited to go to La Union to have her own artist residence there, would you take your own life?"

Meanwhile, Jonson said the office of the President has yet to reach out to them after presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the chief executive has ordered authorities to look into the painter's death.

Both President Rodrigo Duterte and Jonson are from Davao City.