Philippines to Chris Brown: You Can't Leave
Event operator wants to pursue fraud claim over canceled show
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2015 10:56 AM CDT
Grammy award-winning singer Chris Brown’s departure from Manila has been delayed because of a fraud complaint.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Let's hope Chris Brown enjoys spending time in the Philippines because his trip there will last a little longer than anticipated. The singer, who played a concert in Manila last night, was to board a private jet today bound for Hong Kong, where he has another performance scheduled, reports CNN. Instead, Brown, 26, was halted from jetting off because of a contract dispute stemming from a canceled New Year's Eve performance. The event operator, Maligaya Development Corp., had asked the Justice Department to help prosecute an alleged fraud that brought "damage and prejudice" to the company, per the Philippines' GMA News.

The justice secretary says she issued a lookout bulletin order against Brown and his promoter, John Michael Pio Roda. "As the name suggests, the order merely directs the (Bureau of Immigration) to be on the 'lookout' and take prudent steps to verify on the status of the criminal case against the subjects," a rep says. "If the concerned agency raises no objection to the departure, then we will allow the subject to leave." Brown will specifically need an Emigration Clearance Certificate. The AP reports it isn't clear if the event operator has filed a formal complaint against Brown, who also suffered a blow last week.