- Mark Anthony Fernandez has pleaded not guilty to charges of possession and transporting illegal drugs
- His lawyer declined to comment to the press after the actor’s arraignment
- Fernandez is still facing charges of resisting arrest and has yet to be arraigned
MANILA, Philippines – Actor Mark Anthony Fernandez has pleaded not guilty to possession and transportation of illegal drugs charges during his arraignment at the Angeles City Regional Trial Court on Tuesday, December 13.
Fernandez was arrested in early October for possession of 1 kilogram of marijuana. Police said he tried to drive past a checkpoint in Bulacan but was eventually apprehended after a brief chase.
He is currently detained at the Angeles City jail in Pampanga.
Lawyer Sylvia Flores accompanied the 37-year-old actor during the arraignment but declined to give any details about the case his client is facing.
Fernandez earlier admitted possessing the illegal weed during interrogation following his arrest. However, he denied this later after being presented to police officials in Camp Olivas.
Judge Eda Era of the Regional Trial Court Branch 60 previously dismissed the possession of drug paraphernalia charges against the son of Rudy Fernandez and Alma Moreno. This came after police accused him of possessing a grinder, but the item was not included in the official inventory of things found in his vehicle.
Fernandez is still facing charges of resisting arrest for which he is yet to be arraigned.
The controversial actor has been tested positive for marijuana, but came out negative for shabu.
If found guilty of transporting and possession of marijuana, Fernandez could face life imprisonment and up to P10-M penalty.
Also, carrying more than 500 grams of marijuana, under the present law, is an non-bailable offense.