MANILA, Philippines -- "I was attacked by the devil," actress Pilar Pilapil was quoted as saying about her ordeal Thursday night by close friend Rosary Benitez.
The Cavite-based Benitez visited Pilapil Saturday, two days after the brutal attack by two still unidentified men. Pilapil?s family believes the attact was an act of "random car-jacking.
Benitez was seated with reporters when Pilapil's brother Leo and attending physician Dr. Raymundo Resureccion gave a press conference at The Medical City late morning Sunday.
"She could (have been) just at the wrong place at the wrong time," said Leo, a barangay (village) councilor from Cebu.
Leo said Pilapil, a born-again Christian, also claimed "it was the Lord who saved her ... she kept praying while (the stabbing) was going on. Hindi siya nanlaban (She did not fight) ... only, she was telling (her attackers) not to hurt her."
Leo said visitors of his sister have been mostly relatives and police officers who came to get her statement.
Seventies movie star Jean Saburit also came Saturday. Leo said Pilapil "was happy" upon seeing Saburit.
"Magulo inside the (hospital room)," he noted during Saburit's visit. Leo said Pilapil was "upbeat" and "high-strung" despite what she went through.
"She's very strong, very spiritual, she's talking to us. It's a normal conversation. She's not crying." Asked by a reporter whether Pilapil showed any "hatred" toward her attacker, Leo said, "no, I don't feel any hatred (coming from her). And our only concern is her well-being."
Leo refused to discuss his sister's case saying he would rather leave it to investigators.
Dr. Resurreccion, meanwhile, said the actress might be discharged after "one more week," adding that Pilapil's injuries would have been fatal had she not been given help immediately."