Singer Charice Pempengco of the hit TV show “Glee” appealed Wednesday for justice for her father, who was stabbed to death in her Philippine hometown, as police offered a reward and hunted for the suspect. Angel Capili Jr., the suspect in the murder of Charice’s father Ricky Pempengco, underwent inquest proceedings at the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in San Pedro, Laguna on Friday morning.
Ricky Pempengco was stabbed in the chest and back during an altercation with another man in a San Pedro convenience store this week. He later died of his injuries, while the alleged killer escaped. Capili didn’t comment publicly on his reasons for attacking the Glee star’s dad, but reportedly told a government official that Pempengco had attacked him first.
Charice also told the Filipino press that she will not forgive Capili because he has not accepted responsibility for the brutal crime.
“He should not defend himself. He cannot bring back my dad,” the singer-actress said.
Charice flew back to the Philippines and paid respects to her father early Wednesday. She also apologized for canceling the rest of her tour dates, saying “my family comes first.” She had been scheduled to perform in Singapore.
“Whoever did this must be brought to justice. Justice must be served, not just for my father but for everyone concerned,” she told a radio interview.
Angel Capili Jr., the suspect in the murder of Charice’s father expressed regret for what he has done and asked for forgiveness from Charice. “Humihingi po ako ng kapatawaran sa kanya. Sana ay mabigyan niya ako ng pagkakataon na mapatawad niya ako.”