TARLAC CITY, Philippines ? Television actor Antonilo Joseph Perez, better known as AJ Perez, and one of the stars in the popular ABS-CBN drama series "Sabel," died after the van that his group was riding in collided with a bus in Moncada, Tarlac, early Sunday, police said.
Police officer 3 Lowel Directo, investigator of the Moncada police, said Perez and his five companions were aboard a Nissan Urvan and were on their way to Metro Manila when they met the accident along the MacArthur Highway in Barangay San Julian, Moncada, at 12:10 a.m. Perez?s group came from a show in Dagupan City.
The victims were taken by their companions on another vehicle to the Rayos Valentin Hospital in Paniqui town but doctors there failed to revive Perez.
His five injured companions were later transferred to the Jecson Hospital in Tarlac City and then to a hospital in Metro Manila.
Directo said police could not say if Perez's vehicle was sideswiped, as reported in several blog posts. But he said their initial investigation showed that the accident was not a head on collision. Jo Martinez-Clemente, Inquirer Central Luzon