Singer Charice Pempengco’s father died after being stabbed near his home in San Pedro, Laguna, Monday night, police said.

Ricky Pempengco, 40, succumbed to two stab wounds on the chest inflicted with an icepick, Supt. Kirby Kraft, San Pedro Police chief, said in a phone interview.

The incident occurred around 11:30 p.m. along Bonifacio st. in Brgy. Laram.

Ricky was buying cigarettes at a store, located just 40 meters from his home, when stabbed by Angel Capili Jr., Kraft said.

“Before mangyari ‘yung saksakan, nagkabangga ‘yung dalawa sa paglalakad. Nagkaroon ng konting tulakan, naitulak ng konti ni victim si suspek, parang ‘yun ang nag-trigger, dun na nagalit ‘yung ating suspek tapos after mga one hour hinunting niya ‘yung victim, hanggang sa nagkita sila at dun na nangyari,” Kraft said.

“Parehong lasing eh, pero magkaiba sila ng iniinuman,” the police official noted.

Capili immediately fled after the incident, while responding lawmen found Ricky lying lifeless on the road.

“Meron po tayong eyewitness na nakakita dun mismo sa pagsaksak at saka ‘yung barangay tanod po na nakausap nung suspek bago mangyari yung insidente,” Kraft said when asked how the suspect was identified.

As of this writing, police are still searching for Capili, who is said to have just returned to Brgy. Laram after six years. (John Roson)

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