The Justice Department in the Philippines has issued a subpoena against Brown and his promoter, John Michael Pio Roda, of Canada. Brown was allowed to leave the Philippines to continue his tour, but Pio Roda was not and is still being detained to answer the $1,000,000 estefa criminal case. Pio Roda was illegally working in the Philippines without a work permit. After the case is over, he will likely be deported.
Coincidentally, the Canadian government also barred Brown from Canada as a felon, forcing him to cancel a string of shows. Brown is also banned from Britain due to his felon status in America. When working with a celebrity who has a criminal record, managers and promoters must check with immigration in each nation to see whether they will allow them into their country. It is unwise to book dates without doing so, as it can result in a massive legal mess, financial losses, damaged reputations and disappointed fans.
The Philippines Justice Department informed Brown and his promoter in legal documents, "In connection with the above-mentioned complaint, by virtue of the authority vested by law, you are hereby directed to obtain, personally or through your representative, copies of the complaint, supporting affidavits and other evidence submitted by the complainant on 31 July 2015, 2 p.m., You or your representative are/is likewise entitled to examine all other evidence submitted by complainants on the date and time herein specified...."
DOJ issues subpoena vs. Chris Brown, promoter
"You or your representative are/is likewise entitled to examine all other evidence submitted by complainants on the date and time herein specified," it added. The DOJ prosecutor "warned" Brown and Pio Roda that their failure to comply with the subpoena "shall be considered as a waiver of your right to be furnished copies of the complaints, supporting affidavits and other documents, as well as to examine all other evidence submitted by the complaint."...
Pio Roda, meanwhile, was left behind and detained after being found to be working without a permit. He was also accused of absconding due to the botched US$1-million contract for the New Year's concert last December. The Bureau of Immigration said unlike Roda, Brown could not be held liable for absconding because the Iglesia ni Cristo, which organized the concert event, was only directly dealing with the promoter and not with the singer...
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