MANILA: Grammy award-winning singer Chris Brown's departure from Manila was delayed Wednesday because of fraud allegations against him and his promoter for a canceled concert last New Year's Eve. The recording artist, who performed at a packed concert Tuesday night in Manila, was prevented from leaving on a private plane Wednesday pending clearance by the Bureau of Immigration. The religious group that owns the New Year's Eve concert venue had petitioned the Department of Justice for help prosecuting Brown. It wasn't immediately clear whether a formal complaint had already been filed. Bureau of Immigration spokeswoman Elaine Tan said Brown and his promoter, John Michael Pio Roda, were placed on the bureau's "lookout bulletin" on the instruction of the Department of Justice. Tan said a lookout bulletin is not on its own a bar to departure, unlike a hold departure order. She said the bulletin directs the bureau to "take prudent steps to verify on the status of the criminal case against the subjects." "If the concerned agency raises no objection to the departure, then we will allow the subject to leave," Tan said. The singer canceled a New Year's Eve concert at the 55,000-seat Philippine Arena at the last minute, reportedly because he lost his passport the day before the scheduled event.
Chris Brown's Manila departure delayed over fraud allegation
Published: 05:22 pm Jul 22, 2015