Chris Brown ‘confused’ why he’s in Philippines

Chris Brown: Stuck in Manila over dispute about earlier visit. Picture: AP
Chris Brown: Stuck in Manila over dispute about earlier visit. Picture: AP
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In a profanity-laden video, Grammy award-winning singer Chris Brown vented his frustration yesterday at being stuck in the Philippines for a second day after running foul of a politically powerful religious group that filed a fraud complaint against him for a cancelled concert.

Brown was still in the country last night and had not applied for the emigration clearance he needs to leave Manila, Immigration Bureau spokeswoman Elaine Tan said.

The 26-year-old R&B singer was prevented from leaving on a private plane on Wednesday, a day after a packed concert in the islands’ capital.

In videos posted on Instagram, Brown clowns around, asking, “Can somebody please tell me what the f*** is going on?”

“I don’t know, I’m reading headlines after headlines, what the f***!” he added, smiling as his companions laugh in the background while sprawled on sofas.

In another video, Brown says when he gets to customs, he will say he did nothing wrong. He then breaks into dance as people laugh.

The expletive-heavy video appeared to have been removed from Brown’s Instagram account yesterday.

The dispute traces back to last Hogmanay when Brown cancelled a concert at the 55,000-seat Philippine Arena north of Manila, which is operated by a corporation owned by the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) religious group.

The 101-year-old group is believed to have more than a million members both in the Philippines and abroad and is known to vote as a block in a nation where politicians often seek endorsements from church leaders.

The organisers said they were told at that time by Brown’s representative that the singer lost his passport and could not make it to the concert.

In a complaint, the Maligaya Development Corp claims Brown and his Canadian promoter, John Michael Pio Roda, backed out of the concert after they were paid in full for a $1 million contract.

MDC promoted the concert and sold tickets based on the guarantee that Brown would perform, the complaint alleged.

The group asked the Department of Justice for help in prosecuting Brown, although no charges have been filed. Brown was being delayed while immigration officials consulted with the Justice Department about the case, Ms Tan said.