Eleazar to Bree Jonson’s camp: Understand, respect law enforcers, too
MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Guillermo Eleazar on Monday appealed to Bree Jonson’s camp to understand and respect law enforcers investigating the artist’s death in La Union.
“Bilang abogado ng pamilya, nauunawan natin na kailangan niyang panigan at palakasin ang loob ng kanyang kliyente. At nirerespeto natin ‘yun,” Eleazar told INQUIRER.net in a text message.
(As the family’s lawyer, we understand that she has to side and give courage to her client. We respect that.)
“Subalit sana naman ay maunawaan at irespeto din niya na bilang mga alagad ng batas, ang aming focus ay malaman ang buong katotohanan upang maibigay ang tamang hustisya nang walang pinapanigan,” he added.
(However, I hope she understands and respects that we, as disciples of law, our focus is to know the truth to serve justice without biases.)
Eleazar’s statement came after the lawyer of Jonson’s family, Atty. Ma. Moreni Salandanan, noted that “in a sense, there are double standards” in the case of Jonson and Julian Ongpin.
“Based [on] my experience, walang taong caught with possession of these amount of drugs ay nare-release for further investigations,” Salandanan said over Teleradyo on Monday morning, referring to Ongpin’s release despite the possession of 12.6 grams of cocaine and testing positive for its use.
(Based on my experience, no person caught with possession of these amounts of drugs is released for further investigations.)
“In a sense, medyo mayroong double standards dito kasi what happened to my other clients before eh very different dito sa nangyayari sa kaso ni Julian at Bree,” she added.
(In a sense, it seems like there are double standards in this case as this is different from my other clients before.)
Salandanan likewise mentioned they have requested the police to file a motion for reconsideration on Ongpin’s release.
Jonson was found unconscious in a La Union hostel room and was later declared dead in a hospital on September 18.
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