YAHOO PHILIPPINES - Ricky Pempengco, father of international singing sensation Charice Pempengco, was stabbed to death last Monday night, October 31.
The incident happened along A. Bonifacio Road, Barangay Laram, San Pedro, Laguna, where Ricky was having a drinking session, a report on the ABS-CBN morning program "Umagang Kay Ganda" said on Tuesday, November 1. He left to buy a cigarette when the suspect, whom local police identified as Angel Capili, Jr., approached him.
The suspect stabbed Ricky with an ice pick. According to the report, Ricky fled but the suspect returned and stabbed him again.
The suspect quickly left the scene. Ricky’s drinking buddies didn’t help him because they were afraid the suspect would hurt them.
Ricky and the suspect had a fight in 2005, the report added.
“Nung 2005 pa yun, yung biktima raw, parang naitulak nya yung suspect. Ngayon, siguro yun din yung dahilan at bumalik yung suspect,” a policeman said in an interview with “UKG.”
Ricky was separated from his wife Raquel and their two children many years ago. Raquel, a victim of domestic violence, left Ricky and brought Charice and her younger brother with her to search for a better life.
According to abs-cbnnews.com, Raquel was shocked by tragedy. Charice is currently in Jakarta for a concert with David Foster.
Raquel said she and Ricky have lost touch a long time ago.
"Hindi kami nagkausap at wala kaming koneksyon," she told abs-cbnnews.com.
'Masakit pa din'
She added that she has forgiven her husband.
"Kung bakit masakit pa din sa akin at kung mayroon pa din bang love para sa kanya, siyempre ama siya ng anak ko," Raquel added.
Charice, on the other hand, expressed her feelings over her dad’s death on Twitter.
“I loved him and I will still love him. He's still my Dad after all.”
Charice said on her Twitter that she was with someone yesterday who looked like her father, which could also be his form of premonition.
“Last night, may kasama ako pero sabi ko kamukha nya daddy ko. Di ko alam na nagpaparamdam na pala sya,” she said.
“Gusto ko lang malaman nyo, na we had a really great relationship bago nangyari lahat ng gulo. Sinabi niya sa akin nung ako'y bata pa na hindi actually alam ni mommy, gusto nya akong maging sundalo kasi sabi niya matapang daw ako. I loved him and I will still love him. He's still my Dad after all,” Charice added.
In an interview with “Umagang Kay Ganda” today, Ricky’s sister expressed her thoughts saying that Charice’s family might now be happy because of her brother’s death.
“Siguro masaya na sila kase wala na ang kapatid ko,” Ricky’s sister said.
Charice lashes back at father's siblings
Charice, meanwhile, expressed her resentment.
“Para sa mga kapatid ng daddy ko, wala kayong karapatang sabihin o hulaan ang nararamdaman ko. Sino kayo para sabihing masaya ako sa pagkawala ng SARILI KONG AMA? Kapatid lang kayo at ako ay ANAK,” she tweeted.
“Kung natatandaan nyo, KAYO MISMO ANG NAGSABI SA AMIN NA IWASAN ANG DADDY KO. Sinabi nyo pa na wag gamitin ang apelyido nya. Hindi pinagbawal ni mommy na dalawin ang daddy namin pero HINDI NYO KAMI PINAYAGAN. Wala kayong respeto sa PAMILYA NYA para sabihin nyo yan ngayon! Imbis na ayusin nyo, sinisira nyo pa! ,” Charice said on Twitter.
Charice shared that she admits feeling resentful towards her father before, but she didn’t disown him. She added that she is not afraid expressing her feelings, especially to those who don’t have respect.
“Alam ko na nagalit ako sa kanya! Pero hindi ko sinabing itinatakwil ko sya! matagal akong naging tahimik sa mga eskandalong ginagawa nyo. Pero ngayon, di ko na kaya pati sa pagkamatay nya GANYAN PARIN KAYO. Hindi ako takot. Lalo na sa mga taong walang respeto,” Charice said.
Charice is slated to do a concert in Singapore for “David Foster and Friends Concert Tour,” but due to the tragedy, she has canceled her appearance and apologized to her Singapore fans.
“I am very sorry to all my fans from Singapore. I am not going to be there to be part of David Foster and Friends concert. I have to go back to the Philippines as soon as possible to be with my family. I hope you all understand. I love you all and I will see you next year,” Charice said.