Charice's father stabbed dead
MANILA (3rd UPDATE) - The father of international singing sensation Charice Pempengco was killed in a stabbing incident Monday night.
Ricky Pempengco, who is separated from Charice's mom, Raquel, was stabbed in A. Bonifacio Road, Barangay Laram, San Pedro, Laguna.
A police report said Pempengco was in a drinking session and then left to buy a cigarette.
The suspect, Angel Capili Jr., approached him and stabbed him with an ice pick.
Pempengco was able to walk away and then sit on a pavement, but the suspect went back for him and stabbed him again.
The 12-inch ice pick pierced through Pempengco's body, killing him. The suspect quickly left the scene.
Authorities said Pempengco might have survived the stabbing had barangay officials been able to rush him to the hospital.
Pempengco's drinking buddies didn't help him since they were afraid of getting hurt.
Police said that in 2005, Pempengco quarreled with Capili.
Raquel cries over estranged husband's death
Charice's mother burst into tears after she found out that her children's biological father was killed in a stabbing incident.
In an exclusive interview with abs-cbnNEWS.com, Raquel said she had been unaware of Ricky's death.
She said Charice still does not know about the tragedy.
"Hindi ko alam. Hindi ko alam ang nangyari. Si Charice, hindi pa din niya alam," said Raquel, crying.
Asked if she will go to Ricky's wake, Raquel said: "Hindi ko pa talaga alam, nabigla kami."
Ricky was once described by Raquel as a violent husband. She also has a son Carl by Ricky.
Raquel left Ricky years ago, bringing along her kids.
Raquel said she had not communicated with Ricky for a long time.
"Hindi kami nagkausap at wala kaming koneksyon," she said.
Asked if she has already forgiven him, Raquel replied: "Matagal ko na siyang napatawad."
"Kung bakit masakit pa din sa akin at kung mayroon pa din bang love para sa kanya, siyempre ama siya ng mga anak ko," she added.
In 2008, a drama about Charice's life was shown on Maalaala Mo Kaya's episode "Ice Cream."
-- report from Francis Faulve, ABS-CBN News; Reyma Buan Deveza, abs-cbnNEWS.com; UKG