Former Rivermaya frontman Jason Fernandez has joined the celebrities who are voicing out their concern about the reports coming out that drugs had caused the deaths of five people at a music festival last Saturday night, May 21.
In a report by GMA News, Chief Insp. Rolando Baula of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Pasay City said on Monday, May 22, that two of the victims, Bianca Fontejon, 18, and Lance Garcia, 36, had died from massive heart attack caused by drug overdose.
The autopsy was done by Dr. Wilfredo Tierra of the National Bureau of Investigation's (NBI) Medico-Legal Division.
Another report from CNN Philippines said the fatalities suffered high blood pressure, kidney failure and dehydration. These are common symptoms of drug overdose.
The three other victims have yet to be autopsied. They are Ken Migawa, 18; Ariel Leal, 22; and an American citizen named Eric Anthony Miller, 33.
Jason said he was saddened by the tragic event, "Yung nangyari na 'yon, nalungkot talaga ako.
“Nung nalaman ko pa na yung pill na yun, hindi nila alam kung ano talaga yung content nun. Kasi parang tatlong droga ata yung nasa isang pill.”
The pill he was referring to is called Green Amore or Fly High, which many people speculate caused the victims' death.
Jason went on to say, “Parang ayokong manisi, hindi natin alam, kahit ako hindi ko alam kung sino ang sisisihin or kung ano.
“I mean, may mga bagay kasi na kailangan malaman mo yung limitasyon mo kung hanggang saan ka lang talaga.
“I mean, puwede kang magsaya nang hindi ka naman nagda-drugs.”
The 27-year-old singer-actor shared his thoughts regarding the tragedy in an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press during the launch of his new theater project, the Philippine staging of Green Day's American Idiot musical, last Monday, May 23, at Hard Rock Cafe in Makati City.
SEX, DRUGS & ROCK 'N ROLL. Jason has denied the allegation that rockers are known to be drug users.
He said, “Maraming nagbabanda, lalo na yung nagsisimula, hindi nila alam yung totoong mundo meron sa pagbabanda.
“Feeling nila pag nagbanda sila magiging cool guys, sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll, pero pag nakilala mo yung mga tao na nandun na sa tuktok, [hindi talaga].”
Jason stressed he expresses his emotions through his music and not by using drugs, “Kung totoong musician ka or artist, dapat maha-high ka sa music mo.
“Hindi ka robot. I mean, tugtog ka lang [at] wala kang naramdaman, di ba?
“There's something wrong, parang ganun.
“So, ma-high ka na lang sa ano, sa music. Yun lang yun.
“Wag na mag-drugs, sayang lang pera niyo, e, at saka ang mahal pa ng drugs!”
Jason cited the Closeup Forever Summer music festival tragedy as a lesson to concert-goers.
“Siguro, yung nangyari, hindi 'to aksidente lang na parang nangyari 'to bigla.
“Siguro aral na ito sa lahat ng kabataan, please, na huwag niyong putulin yung buhay niyo sa napakamurang edad.
“Napakadami pang puwedeng mangyari sa buhay niyo.
“Magsilbing aral ito na puwede naman tayong magsaya nang hindi gumagamit ng droga.”
ADVICE TO PARENTS. As a father himself, Jason also advised parents to be vigilant in guiding their kids and to continue to shower them with love.
He told PEP, “Siyempre ako, bilang magulang, hindi tayo perpekto, ayun, gabayan natin yung ating mga anak na tahakin yung tamang landas.
“Buhos lang ng pag-ibig kasi sa pag-ibig lang 'yan.
“And sana hindi na maulit, nakakalungkot, kasi damay yung industriya natin di ba?
“Minsan kasi yung mga kabataan, pag sinabing party, pag hindi ka nag-take, hindi ka cool. Hindi kasi ganun yun,” the We Love OPM contestant said.
He also expressed his faith in the coming administration of presumptive president Rodrigo Duterto.
“Pero thankful ako parang tingin ko ngayong administrasyon na 'to, mawawala na ng drugs.”