Chris Brown, R&B Star, Finally Gets Clearance to Leave Philippines

24 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Chris Brown leaves Philippines after wait due to legal issue.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Chris Brown left the Philippines late Friday after being stranded for three days due to a fraud complaint against him for a canceled concert last New Year’s Eve. The 26-year-old singer recently uploaded a series of videos on the social networking site, out of which some were deleted, where most of the clips were captioned, “OBAMA!!!!!,” reported People Magazine.A politically influential and secretive Christian church that’s involved in a legal dispute with American R&B singer Chris Brown has been caught in a rising tide of its own legal troubles.

The 26-year-old R&B artist performed at a packed concert in Manila on Tuesday, but he required an emigration clearance to leave the country because of the fraud complaint. The Philippine government on Friday opened an investigation into allegations that the advisory Council of Iglesia ni Cristo, or Church of Christ, was responsible for abducting ministers critical of some church leaders and misusing funds. The announcement by the Justice Department caps months of swirling rumors about corruption and internal feuds in the church, which has been controlled by the Manalo family for two generations.

The church’s potential troubles with the law are apparently unrelated to its tiff with Brown, but could be far more damaging to its reputation by exposing the depth of internal squabbles in the 101-year-old movement. The feud within the close-knit church became public this week when the mother and a brother of the group’s head, Eduardo Manalo, were expelled after they sought help from other members in a YouTube message, saying they were in danger and that several ministers had gone missing. In its complaint, the Maligaya Development Corp. alleged Brown and promoter John Michael Pio Roda canceled after being paid in full for a $1 million contract. 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.” The church believes that Jesus is the son of God, but it does not believe in the Holy Trinity as do Roman Catholics — the predominant religion in the Southeast Asian nation. Still, the church commands political influence because its members vote as a bloc in national elections, making them highly sought after by politicians, especially presidential aspirants.

He died in 1963, and was succeeded by his son, Erano Manalo, until his death in 2009, when another Manalo son took over as “executive minister.” Brown, the Grammy award-winning singer, has found himself caught in the fringes of the imbroglio.

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