MANILA - (UPDATED) Actor Mark Anthony Fernandez on Tuesday claimed that he does not own the marijuana confiscated from him.
Fernandez told reporters that someone placed the marijuana inside his car when he stopped at the checkpoint.
"Gusto ko lang po i-clarify 'yung nasa report po. Hindi po akin 'yun, ang dala lang po ounce. Tapos nung natigil po ako, may naglagay po sa kotse ko nung isang kilo [I just want to clarify, it's not mine. I only had an ounce. But when I was intercepted at the checkpoint, somebody placed a kilo of marijuana]," he said.
Fernandez, who is under Angeles police custody, added that he has been earlier advised by his doctor to use marijuana to prevent cancer.
"Tapos yung tungkol po sa paggamit ko ng marijuana, ginagamit ko po 'yun hindi dahil may cancer ako, dahil po gusto ko lang gamitin na pangontra cancer po [I am using marijuana for health purposes, to prevent cancer]," he added.
Fernandez also claims that he has yet to buy the marijuana, contrary to what he said earlier.
"Nung hinuhuli po ako, nakita ko po, pinatong sa kotse ko. Bibilhin ko pa lang, titingnan ko pa lang, pero hindi ko pa nabibili, or hindi pa ako desididong bilhin, pero nilagay po sa kotse ko [I have yet to buy the marijuana block when they arrested me. They just put it in my car]," he said.
"Sana po mas intindihin niyo po ako ng konti po. Hindi po ako dito para mang-BI (bad influence) po [Please understand, I don't plan to be a bad influence]," Fernandez added.
In an interview after he was arrested, Fernandez admitted that he bought the kilo of marijuana for P15,000.
Authorities, on the other hand, denied planting the evidence on Fernandez.
"We stood with our spot report that there's no such thing that this marijuana was planted to him. First and foremost, we don't have any reason for him para i-plant itong marijuana sa kanya. Secondly, kung makikita mo kasi pinaigting talaga namin ang police operation namin. Again, it was a chance arrest," Pampanga Regional Police head, Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino said.
"We do not even expect, during the time na na-checkpoint siya, that he was Mark Anthony Fernandez until such time that he was, na-intercept na siya somewhere sa Maharlika Highway dito sa San Fernando, Pampanga," he added.
Aquino added that Fernandez is facing a non-bailable charge.
"It is non-bailable because we were able to confiscate more or less one kilo," he said.
Fernandez is also not part of the province's drug watch list.
"Wala sa watch list namin si Mr. Fernandez, precisely because he is not a resident of this region, [Mr. Fernandez is not included in our drug watch list because he is not a resident of the region.]," Aquino said.
"There is already history of Mr. Fernandez who have been in the use of drugs. He has been going in and out of rehabilitation and nagre-relapse siya ulit [He has been relapsing.]," he added.
Meanwhile, the Regional Crime Laboratory 3 has yet to send the results of Fernandez' drug test to the national headquarters.
Fernandez tested positive in the initial drug test performed by the regional police.
"The conduct of urine drug test is yet to be confirmed at the national headquarters so that the results will be divulged only after the confirmatory examination," Police Chief Inspector Ma. Elvira Bautista of the Regional Crime Laboratory said.
The evidence recovered from Fernandez, however, have already been confirmed.
"These pieces of evidence turned positive of marijuana," Bautista added.
Aside from the kilo of marijuana, also recovered from Fernandez were a mechanical grinder and small plastic bag with marijuana residue.