ANGELES CITY (UPDATED) - Actor Mark Anthony Fernandez was arrested Monday night by police in Pampanga province for marijuana possession.
According to Chief Insp. Francisco Guevara Jr., the former matinee idol tried to slip past a police checkpoint at around 8:30 p.m.
This led to a car chase resulting in police being forced to shoot the tire of Fernandez's car. He was later arrested in the city of San Fernando.
Police found a kilo of marijuana, with an estimated street value of P15,000, inside Fernandez's car.
He is currently detained at the Station 6 of the Angeles City Police, and will undergo a drug test Tuesday.
Fernandez claimed that he uses marijuana as "medication to prevent cancer." He also said that the marijuana confiscated from him is his one-year supply.
This is not the first time that Fernandez was involved in drugs. The actor voluntarily entered the Bicutan Rehabilitation Center in 2004.
He made a showbiz comeback after six months.
He is a son of the late Rudy Fernandez with former Parañaque City councilor and actress Alma Moreno.
Fernandez may face charges for violating of sections 5, 11 and 15 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, police said.