On Thursday’s “Tonight with Boy Abunda”, Alma Moreno openly discussed the way imprisonment affected her son, Mark Anthony Fernandez.
Former action star Mark Anthony, 39, is the son of late actor Rudy Fernandez. In late 2016 he was arrested for marijuana possession after trying to slip past a police check point in Pampanga province. This then led to a car chase, culminating in Fernandez’ tires being shot and his arrest in San Fernando. He was found with a kilo of marijuana in his car. Fernandez famously claimed that the drug was for his medicinal use, to “prevent cancer”.
Fernandez spent more than a year in jail because of the possession charge. He was released in December 2017 after his case was dismissed.
Moreno was candid on the show about how the experience changed her son. Though she visited him everyday in jail before his release, she said he was always too proud to show that he needed help. But after regaining his freedom, Moreno says that her son can now express his feelings and vulnerabilities.
“Pero ngayon, sabi niya sa akin, ‘Mama, hindi. Sa iyo na ako. Hindi na ako hihiwalay sa iyo.'”
Fernandez has been signed to a talent agency after his release, busying himself with work so as to not waste the second chance he’s been given.