Charice Pempengco's estranged father was murdered in the Philippines after an incident in a store
The father of Glee actress Charice Pempengco was stabbed to death in the Philippines after a run-in with another man in a grocery store, the Associated Press reports.
Ricky Pempengco, 40, was shopping in San Pedro township when he bumped into Angel Capili, who allegedly stabbed Pembengco in the chest and back with an ice pick, said Laguna province police chief, Senior Supt. Gilbert Cruz.
Capili then fled the scene, and a manhunt has since been launched, with a reward of 20,000 pesos ($470) for information leading to his arrest.
According to Cruz, the killing appeared random.
Charice Pempengco, 19, who plays Sunshine Corazon on Glee, was estranged from her father.
“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,” the singer said in a statement. “We are all very sad about this terrible tragedy.”
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2008, she recalls being a 3-year-old girl and recalls him threatening and choking her mother. She says the argument escalated and remembers her father pointing 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.
After that incident, Charice and her mother escaped. “We left my dad, and after that, I never saw him and I don’t want to see him,” she said.
After learning of her father’s death, however, she canceled a scheduled performance in Singapore to fly back to the Philippines and be with her family after the tragedy.
“Last night, I was with somebody that looked like my dad,” she Tweeted in Tagalog and some English on Monday night.
“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 my dad after all.”
• Reporting by ANNE MARIE CRUZ