Chris Brown Gets Clearance, Prepares to Leave Philippines

24 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Chris Brown defends himself online but stays in Philippines.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Grammy award-winning singer Chris Brown is finally on his way out of the Philippines after a three-day delay due to a fraud complaint against him for a canceled concert last New Year’s Eve. Brown was barred from leaving Manila on Wednesday (July 22 PHT) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) because of an Immigration Lookout Bulletin (ILB) issued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI), as ordered by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

He performed Tuesday at a packed concert in Manila but has not applied for the emigration clearance despite repeated notices that it was required. “This is a very serious situation and someone needs to be held accountable for mixing my name up in all this,” Brown tweeted Friday. “I’ve done nothing wrong.” He said he came back to Manila to do a show to make up for the cancelled New Year’s Eve concert. Journalists saw Brown and around 10 others boarding his private plane parked at an airport hangar, with one taking a selfie before going into the plane. The initial performance was to be at the 55,000-seat Philippine Arena, operated by a corporation owned by the politically influential Iglesia ni Cristo religious group.

According to the DOJ memo, the complaint alleges that Brown and Pio Roda committed a breach of contract when the international star canceled his January 1 appearance at the 2015 Philippine Countdown event at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan — a venue operated by Maligaya Development Corp. Tan said Brown obtained the departure clearance at the bureau’s extension office and not at the main office in downtown Manila where dozens of journalists were staking out. She said the clearance was given after “verifying that Chris Brown has no other derogatory record apart from the (immigration lookout bulletin)” that was issued Wednesday. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Friday state prosecutors will summon Brown for a preliminary investigation into the complaint, but his presence at that stage of the criminal proceedings can be waived.

Charges will be filed in court if prosecutors find probable cause to charge Brown and the promoter. “What is important at this point is for him to know that there are criminal proceedings against him at the preliminary investigation level,” De Lima told reporters. In several postings on social media, Brown has addressed the travel delay, pleading in one on Instagram late Thursday night, “Please, please let me leave, please.” A representative in the U.S. said Wednesday that the travel delay was a misunderstanding and Brown would leave the Philippines on Thursday. For foreign nationals, the ILB requires subjects to obtain the ECC, pursuant to the Philippine Immigration Act, to ensure that the foreign national has no pending obligations in the Philippines.

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