Mark Anthony Fernandez revealed that he had suicidal thoughts as he struggled to cope with life inside prison.
The actor admitted that his time behind bars was the "lowest" point of his life, saying he had contemplated killing himself.
"Hindi ko ma-accept iyong nangyari dahil talagang inosente ako. Hindi po ako dapat nandito," he told "Rated K" on Sunday.
Fernandez was jailed for more than a year due to marijuana possession. His case was dismissed in December 2017, paving the way for his release just three days before Christmas.
Fernandez, whose wife had just given birth before his arrest, said he learned to prioritize his family and put God in the center of his life from the horrible experience.
He also said he's looking to get his life back on track, adding that he's grateful for the trust Viva boss Vic del Rosario gave him.
"When Boss Vic shook my hand, medyo naluluha pa siya. Sinabi niya sa akin, 'Mark, hanggang pagtanda na natin ito.' Sabi ko, 'Wow, I'm honored," he said.
Fernandez starred in two hit films for Viva, Erik Matti's "Dos Ekis" and "Biyaheng Langit."
He added that he also wants to be more involved with his son, teen actor Grae Fernandez, his eldest with Melissa Garcia Fernandez.
Turning emotional, he said: "Whatever he needs from he, I'll always be a father to him."
A group in the Philippines is dedicated to addressing those who have suicidal tendencies.
The crisis hotlines of the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation aim to make these individuals feel that someone is ready to listen to them.
These are their hotline numbers:
Information and Crisis Intervention Center
(02) 804-HOPE (4673)
0917-558-HOPE (4673) or (632) 211-4550
0917-852-HOPE (4673) or (632) 964-6876
0917-842-HOPE (4673) or (632) 964-4084
In Touch Crisis Lines:
0917-572-HOPE or (632) 211-1305
(02) 893-7606 (24/7)
(02) 893-7603 (Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 pm)
Globe (63917) 800.1123 or (632) 506.7314
Sun (63922) 893.8944 or (632) 346.8776