One Direction Pays ‘Weed Bond’ to Perform in Philippines
The Associated Press reports that in preparation for 1D's March 21 show in Manila, the Philippines' Bureau of Immigration asked Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson each to post a bond of 200,000 pesos ($4,470) through their producer. Additionally, they must pay a processing fee of 20,000 pesos ($447). The two singers will be refunded the payment — what the AP referred to as a "weed bond" — on the condition that they are not caught promoting or using illegal drugs during their concert.
"The condition is intended to protect the public interest should the band members commit any violation during their stay in the Philippines," Elaine Tan, a spokesperson for the bureau, told the AP. She also said that should the producer not pay the fee, One Direction would not be permitted to perform.
Christine Ching, a spokeswoman of Anti-Drugs Advocate, confirmed that a producer visited the Immigration Bureau to post the bonds. She said, ""We want to see their pure, raw, untainted talent."
Zayn and Louis' behavior was under fire in May 2014, when a video surfaced of the two sitting in the back of a van and appearing to get high. In the clip, Louis references a lit joint and implies that if a stranger thought he was smoking an illegal substance, the stranger would be correct.
Following the incident, bandmember Liam Payne spoke out on Twitter, saying "we all do stupid things at this age." He also explained that "We all have a lot of growing up to do in an extreme circumstance I'm not making excuse but it's fact we are gunna fall short somewhere."
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