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POSTED | 20:05 PM | 19-03-2015

Philippines imposes ‘weed bond’ on One Direction

The Bureau of Immigration has asked Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson to post bonds worth nearly $5,000 each, which will be forfeited if they are caught using or impliedly promoting illegal drugs during a concert in Manila this weekend, the Associated Press reported Thursday (19 March 2015).

It follows a request by the local Anti-Drugs Advocate group to the bureau to strictly scrutinize One Direction’s concert permit following a video that circulated on the Internet of Malik and Tomlinson purportedly smoking marijuana.

Malik and Tomlinson are required to post 200,000 pesos ($4,470) bond and 20,000 pesos ($447) processing fee each through their producer, bureau spokeswoman Elaine Tan said Thursday.

The five-member band will perform at the seaside Mall of Asia Concert Grounds as part of their “On The Road Again” tour.
“The condition is intended to protect the public interest should the band members commit any violation during their stay in the Philippines,” Tan said.

The producer went to the Immigration Bureau Thursday afternoon to post the bond and fee, said Christine Ching, a spokeswoman of Anti-Drugs Advocate.

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