[Trending Now] Lorna Tolentino Worries For Police's Treatment of Stepson Mark Anthony Fernandez
Actress Lorna Tolentino is worried that the human rights of her stepson actor Mark Anthony Fernandez may have been violated when he wa...
Actress Lorna Tolentino is worried that the human rights of her stepson actor Mark Anthony Fernandez may have been violated when he was presented to the media by police authorities without a lawyer present.
Speaking with ABS-CBN News' Mario Dumaual, Tolentino said that she is currently consulting her legal team regarding the case of her stepson, who was arrested last Monday evening in Angeles City for possession of a kilo of marijuana.
Under the Republic Act No. 7438, or the Rights of Persons Arrested, Detained or under Custodial Investigation, "any person arrested detained or under custodial investigation shall at all times be assisted by counsel."
On Tuesday, police officers interviewed Fernandez, who admitted that he uses marijuana for medical purposes as suggested by his doctor and father, the late Rudy Fernandez, without a lawyer present.
At one point, Pampanga Regional Police head Aaron Aquino suggested that Fernandez's doctor should be charged as well for telling the actor that he can use marijuana, overlooking the fact that it is illegal in the Philippines.
Fernandez is represented by Atty. Sylvia Flores, who claimed to have not been informed by the police regarding the media presentation of her client.
Fernandez, the son of actress Alma Moreno with Rudy, claimed that the marijuana found in his car was not his property and was only planted in his car.