The suspect behind the killing of Charice’s father is claiming that he stabbed Ricky Pempengco to defend himself.
When Angel Capili, Jr. surrendered to the police, he was quoted by the media as saying this about Ricky: "Bigla na lang niya akong sinuntok, self-defense ang nangyari kaya humihingi ako ng patawad."
International singer Charice says the suspect has not been truthful regarding the incident that ended the life of her 43-year-old father.
"Kung talagang sorry siya sa lahat ng nangyari, aaminin niya ang lahat ng nangyari, hindi niya ipagtatanggol ang sarili niya.
"Hindi naman niya maibabalik ang buhay ng daddy ko," Charice was quoted as saying during the press conference held last night at the Divine Mercy Chapel in Muntinlupa City.
Interviews with the family members of the victim were aired by Saksi last night, November 3.
Charice’s younger brother, Carl, also said he was disappointed with the statements given by the suspect.
"Sana nagsabi na lang siya ng katotohan kanina, kasi kaya ko pa siya patawarin, pero yung nagsisinungaling siya nang ganun, hindi ko matatanggap yun.
"Ngayon ko lang nakita ang daddy ko, sa kabaong pa. At sa ginawa niya kanina, hindi ko na siya mapapatawad," said Carl.
Mommy Raquel reiterated her family’s call for justice.
"Mapapatawad ko siya kung mabibigay ang tamang hustisya.
"Kung buhay ang inutang, dapat buhay rin ang ibabayad niya."
She then narrated the last words of her estranged husband, who died of multiple stab wounds last October 31:
"Nagtanong pa ang asawa ko, ’Bakit sinaksak mo ako?’
"[Sabi ng suspect], ’Ah, buhay ka pa?’
"Binalikan pa niya. Hindi lang tatlong beses, siyam na beses [sinaksak].
"Hindi self-defense yun."
TEARFUL DAUGHTER. The 19-year-old singer says that some people regret the missed opportunities between her and her father.
"A lot of people told me, sabi nila, ’Sayang, hindi mo napakita lahat ng achievements mo.’"
At this point, tears welled up in Charice’s eyes: "Sabi ko, pwede ko pa naman ipakita sa kanya ngayon, e, pero hindi lang siya sasagot."
Despite her father’s troubled past, Charice has continued to defend her father whom she last saw when she was still a small child.
"I don’t think, kahit isa sa amin, dapat walang mag-sorry.
"Kasi hindi naman kagustuhan ang lahat ng nangyari noon...dahil lang sa bawal na gamot.
"Dahil alam naming lahat, mabait na tao si daddy.
"Alam naman naming yun, pero nasira lang talaga.
"I think wala naman talagang [dapat ihingi] ng sorry dahil mahal namin siya."
Mommy Raquel addressed her sister-in-law, Russel Pempengco-Mihira: "Kung meron man akong ihihingi ng sorry, iyon ang pag-iwan sa kapatid mo.
"Gusto ko sabihin nang harapan, sa burol ni Ricky ngayon, maluwag ang pakiramdam ko na hindi ako ang laging sinisisi."
As her way of bidding farewell, Charice performed the song "In the Arms of an Angel" for her slain father.
Part of the lyrics go: "In the arms of an angel / fly away from here / from this stark cold hotel room / and the endlessness that you fear you are pulled from the wreckage / of your silent reverie / you’re in the arms of the angel / may you find some comfort there"