Chris Brown Stopped from Leaving the Philippines Due to Estafa Case

American recording artist Chris Brown has been barred from leaving the Philippines, a day after performing at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

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According to media reports, Brown was stopped Wednesday morning while preparing to leave on a private jet from Ninoy Aquino International Airport on his way to Hong Kong for a concert.

Immigration officials prevented Brown from leaving the country due to an estafa case filed against him recently by the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC).

The Bureau of Immigration said Brown and his promoter John Michael Pio Roda were both subject to an immigration lookout bulletin, but they could seek a clearance certificate that could allow them to leave if the Department of Justice consented.

Reports also added, MDC has paid Brown and Roda in full, a total of $70,000 for the singer and $87,500 for Roda. Since they failed to fulfill their commitment, MDC decided to file the estafa case against them.

The 26-year-old singer was supposed to appear in a New Year’s countdown concert at the Philippine Arena last December. However, a few hours before the big event, he cancelled his appearance due to “unfortunate circumstances.”