The suspect in the murder of the father of “Glee” star Charice Pempengco turned himself in to police in Manila, Philippines, on Thursday (November 3) and admitted responsibility for the crime.
According to the Associated Press, Angel Capili Jr. surrendered to the chief of his village near Manila three days after construction worker Ricky Pempengco, 40, was stabbed with an ice pick by a drunken man on Monday. Capili is also reportedly a construction worker, but police said he did not appear to know Pempengco.
“I had really planned to surrender because what I did was wrong,” Capili told reporters on Thursday. “I am seeking forgiveness from the family left behind by Mr. Pempengco. … I am prepared to suffer whatever is the judgment.” The suspect, however, did not answer questions about why he stabbed Pempengco.
Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo told a local TV station that he had spoken with Capili and that the suspect said he was assaulted by Pempengco. “He was claiming that he was already backing away but then [the victim] continued to attack him so he got a screwdriver and he stabbed Mr. Pempengco,” Robredo said. “We will compare the account of witnesses with the account of the suspect.”
The family tragedy prompted teen star Charice — who has a recurring role on “Glee” as exchange student Sunshine Corazon — to pull out of scheduled concerts on Wednesday and Thursday. She tweeted an apology to her fans, writing, “I am very sorry to all my fans from Singapore. … I am not going to be there to be part of David Foster and Friends concert. I have to go back to the Philippines as soon as possible to be with my family. I hope you all understand. I love you all and I will see you next year.”
The singer, 19, who was estranged from her father, flew back to the Philippines on Wednesday to be with her family. “Whoever did this must be brought to justice. Justice must be served, not just for my father but for everyone concerned,” she said in a local radio interview.
Charice was first introduced to American audiences when she appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” back in 2008, following that up with appearances in ’09 and ’10. Since then, she has released several songs (“Pyramid,” “One Day”) and appeared on “Glee.”
Her second studio album, Infinity, dropped earlier this year.