Ricky Pempengco, father of international star Charice, was laid to rest today, November 5th. He was buried in Laguna with Charice and her mother leading the funeral rights.
Pempengco was stabbed dead Monday night (Oct 31) in a drunken brawl. The suspect, Angel Capili Jr., has also surrendered and confessed to the crime. Capili claimed that he acted on self defense but is ready to face the consequences of his actions.
“Hindi ko siya nasagi, hindi kami nagkaroon ng body contact. Bigla na lang niya ako sinuntok. Nabigla din ako sa nangyari, self-defense ho ang ginawa ko para sa sarili ko naman. Pero gusto ko rin malaman ng pamilya ng naulila, hindi ko talaga alam na anak niya si Ms. Pempengco, kaya sorry po. Handa ko pong pagdusahan ang mga nagawang pagkakamali,” he said.
(I didn't touch him, we didn't even have any body contact. He just punched me. I was also surprised and what I did was self-defense. I did not know that he is the father of Ms. Pempengco, I am sorry. I am ready to take responsibility for what I had done.)
A police report, however, stated that Capili allegedly approached Pempengco and stabbed him with an ice pick. Pempengco was able to walk away and then sit on a pavement, but the suspect went back for him and stabbed him again.
With the local media mostly posting articles from the point of view of the bereaved Pempengco family and taking on the forgiveness from the estranged daughter slant, I hope that true justice will be served in this case. I am hoping that the side of the confessed killer will be thoroughly checked as it is no secret to anyone that has seen Oprah that the late Pempengco had a temper and had even threatened the life of his own family.
I also hope that they would give rest to headlines that start with "Charice wants..." as this is no longer a matter of what the famous celebrity daughter wants. This is now a matter of justice. One that the authorities can only ascertain once they verify Capili's story.