Manila, Philippines – The Kapamilya Star/StarBatch 13 young actor AJ Perez whose real name is Antonilo Joseph S. Perez was killed in a road accident in Tarlac province last April 17, 2011, Sunday.
Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman, Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz, Jr. said the accident happened at 12:10 a.m. on MacArthur Highway, Barangay San Julian, in Moncada town. According to his report, AJ’s van overtook a ten-wheel truck with plate number AEM-153, driven by Floren Agradi, 48, of Nangalisan, Laoag City, and in the process collided with a northbound Partas passenger bus bearing body number 82358 with license plate UVA-880 and driven by Julie Brillantes, 44, of Patucanay, Benguet. Due to the impact of the collision, AJ’s van was pushed sideward and eventually hit the ten-wheel truck that it had earlier overtaken.
AJ and his companions namely, his father Gerardo, Cristina Ferrer, Edwin Pitilos, Danylynand driver Christopher Bautista were taken to the Rios Valentine Hospital in Paniqui, Tarlac.
The attending doctor declared that AJ was already dead before reaching the hospital while his 5 companions survived in the accident.
He actually posted his last tweet on his official twitter account: (see attached photo) “On the way home already from Dagupan. Long drive ahead. . Thanks to everybody who watched, thanks to zui for the gifts. And hi again to jarred. “
Before his death, AJ finished shooting an episode for “Maalaala Mo Kaya.” Also his first starring role in MMK, it’s being touted as his most challenging role as an actor so far. The said episode is set to air on April 30, 2011.