One Direction Forced To Post $5,000 “Weed Bonds” To Perform In Philippines
UPDATE: On Thursday afternoon, it was announced that Zayn Malik has dropped out of the One Direction tour due to stress.
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The Philippines government has required One Direction to post “weed bonds” in advance of their upcoming concerts in Manila this weekend.
As Gossip Cop reported, an anti-drug advocacy group called Laban ng Pamilyang Pilipino began protesting the group’s scheduled appearance last week, all because of last year’s leaked video that showed Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson smoking what was believed to be a joint. The organization demanded the guys take drug tests before being let into the country, but the Bureau of Immigration announced a different decision on Thursday.
Malik and Tomlinson were each asked to post a bond of 200,000 pesos ($4,470) and a processing fee of 20,000 pesos ($447), a total of nearly $5,000 each that is to be paid by the concert’s producer. The money will be forfeited if either star is caught using drugs, or promoting drug use while in the country. The One Direction concerts are slated for Saturday and Sunday at SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds.
“The condition is intended to protect the public interest should the band members commit any violation during their stay in the Philippines,” says a spokeswoman for the bureau. A rep for Laban ng Pamilyang Pilipino says the concert producer has already paid the money, but the group has additional requests. A petition has been submitted to a local court asking the government to ensure One Direction is drug-free, and for Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency officials to monitor the group while they’re in town.
The rep claims the concert producer said they were willing to cooperate, and even let some of the organization’s advocates be on hand. As Gossip Cop reported, Directioners were up in arms last week over the issue, making “#StopTheDRUGTESTfor1DPH” a worldwide trending topic. Gossip Cop has reached out to a One Direction rep for comment on the new developments.