• Brown rants: What’s going on?


    American hip-hop star Chris Brown, barred from leaving the Philippines over a row with the religious sect Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC or Church of Christ) insisted in a foul-mouthed rant on Thursday that he did nothing wrong.

    The 26-year-old’s private jet remains grounded at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport two days after he performed at a concert at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City (Mero Manila), amid a fraud complaint filed against him by the INC through Malaya Development Corporation.

    The Gulf Stream jet chartered by Brown’s entourage may leave anytime with or without the artist, airport authorities told The Manila Times.

    Should the jet stay back, its owners will have to pay daily airport parking fee of $500 if the aircraft is parked in a hangar or P2,000 if at the apron.

    The fees will be charged to the charterer’s account.

    Airport security is closely guarding the aircraft.

    “Can somebody please tell me what the [expletives deleted]is going on? I don’t know. I’m reading headline after headline. What the *** ? What the *** is going on,” the pierced and tattooed singer said in a video post on his official Instagram account that later appeared to have been taken down.

    Brown, whose profanity-laden catalog includes songs like “Wet the Bed” and “Body Shots,” has 12 million followers on the popular photo-sharing service.

    The Justice department said the row erupted after Brown failed to show up for a scheduled New Year’s Eve concert at the Philippine Arena, an Iglesia-owned indoor stadium, in Bocaue, Bulacan, last year.

    Earlier press reports quoted Brown as saying he was unable to travel to the Philippines at the time because he had lost his passport.

    The Immigration bureau said Brown must prove there were no grounds to charge him with fraud before he is allowed to leave the country.

    State prosecutors are studying the INC complaint.

    The video appeared to have been taken in a hotel room, with soda cans and snacks scattered on tables. His companions were sprawled on couches, wrapped in white blankets.

    In a second video post, Brown raised both hands in the air and said: “I didn’t do nothing.” He then break-danced in front of a giant flat screen television that was showing computer games.

    Brown was smiling and appeared playful in both videos, posted in the early hours of Thursday.

    The Grammy Award-winning singer has not left the Philippines, contrary to a US media report that he has left for Hong Kong, Bureau of Immigration spokeswoman Elaine Tan said.

    Press reports said he was holed up in a Manila hotel two days after his Tuesday concert at another Manila venue.

    Calls and emails also on Thursday to the Iglesia ni Cristo and to Brown’s spokeswoman and concert promoters seeking comment on the case were unanswered.

    Although a minority in the Philippines where 80 percent of its 100 million people are Catholic, the Iglesia ni Cristo wields considerable political clout.


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    1. Probably the DOJ wants Chris Brown to perform for them a private concert! That’s why he is being held.

    2. The order of DOJ to place Chris Brown on Lookout Bulletin or Watch Lists Order is ILLEGAL. This department has no legal authority to control the departure of any person from leaving the country by means of these orders. Instead, it is a court of law who could prevent a person from departing after issuing the so called, “Hold Departure Order”