It’s been learned that the father of Charice Pempengco, who plays Sunshine Corazon on Glee, has been stabbed to death in the Philippines in a random assault.
Ricky Pempengco was shopping when he ran into a man named Angel Capili who stabbed Pembengco with an ice pick, according to reports by Laguna province police chief, Gilbert Cruz.
Capili is not in custody as he fled the scene immediately afterwards. Currently a manhunt is underway for the mans capture and a reward of 20,000 pesos ($470) has been attached to any information leading to his arrest.
Charice Pempengco was estranged from her father for most of her life but says that doesn’t mean she isn’t completely devastated by the loss.
Last night when she heard of the death she tweeted in Tagalog what would be translated as “Last night, I was with somebody that looked like my dad. I didn’t know that my dad was trying to make his presence felt. I just want you to know that we had a really great relationship before all the trouble started. My mother didn’t know that when I was young, my father told me that he wanted me to be a soldier because I’m a fearless woman. I loved him, and I will still love him. He’s still me dad after all.”
The “trouble” she’s referring to is the day her mother and herself left her father for good.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2008 she remembers being 3-years-old and recalls seeing her father threatening and choking her mother. The situation heightened so much that her father pointed a shotgun at her mother.
“My dad was about to shoot my mom, and I couldn’t do anything,” she told Oprah at the time.
So at three years old, it was the last time she saw her father. “We left my dad, and after that, I never saw him and I don’t want to see him.”
Now, learning of her father’s death she flew back to the Philippines to be with her family and had to cancel a scheduled performance in Singapore.
She released this statement, “I want to thank my fans from around the world for their support and love at this very difficult time for my family and I. We are all very sad about this terrible tragedy.”
Best wishes for Charice and her family during this devastating time.