Crime spares no one. Even a singing sensation in the caliber of Charice Pempengco.
Last Wednesday, February 27, robbers suspected to be members of the notorious Bukas Kotse Gang ransacked Charice's vehicle in Calamba, Laguna. According to a report by ABS-CBN News, the 14-year-old singer—accompanied by her mom, their driver, and one helper—was having dinner in Tuding's restaurant when the robbery occurred.
When Charice and company returned to their vehicle, a Toyota Hi-Ace Van with plate number XGM-508, they noticed that the black Lacoste bag owned by Mrs. Raquel Pempengco was missing. The bag reportedly contained two mobile phones (models: T610 and p910i), an ATM card, house keys, and passports.
According to a male witness, he spotted three men patroling the area prior to the incident.
Making an appeal to the public, Charice pleaded, "Just please return the passports, not the cellphone or the other things, but just the passports."
Charice first gained national attention when she bagged third place honors in ABS-CBN's Little Big Star. But her stock rose considerably when Emmy Award-winning host, Ellen DeGeneres, invited her to guest in her hugely popular talk show after seeing her video in You Tube performing in a Korean talent show Star King.
A self-confessed fan, Ellen was even more impressed when she finally saw and heard the young belter perform the Dreamgirls anthem "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" and the Whitney Houston smash hit "I Will Always Love You" in her show last December 19, 2007.
As a token of appreciation for gracing the program, Ellen handed an awestruck Charice a new iPod as a replacement for the one she had lost during the trip.