MANILA – The anti-drugs advocacy group Laban ng Pamilyang Pilipino wants to subject the members of the British pop group One Direction to a drug test before their concert in the Philippines next year.
This comes after the group called on the government Sunday to stop the upcoming two-night show of the popular boy band in the country after two of its members -- Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik -- were seen smoking what they called a joint.
The video clip, obtained by the UK-based Daily Mail newspaper, appears to have been filmed by the 22-year-old Tomlinson in the back of a car in Peru during the South America leg of the band's world tour.
In a press conference on Monday, Laban ng Pamilyang Pilipino founder Jonathan Morales said they will not ask to ban the group’s concerts but only if the members agree to undergo a drug test once they arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
In addition to this, Morales said the group should also agree to be under the watch of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) before and during their Manila shows.
Following the circulation of the video clip, Morales said the group does not set a good example for the many Filipino teens who idolize them.
Morales is worried that this recent controversy may worsen the country's problems concerning illegal drugs.
Morales said their group is already coordinating with the PDEA and the Bureau of Immigration regarding this matter.
Put together for a British television singing contest in 2010, One Direction has developed a giant, fiercely loyal following of young girls worldwide.
Their concert in Manila is scheduled for March 21 and 22, 2015 and fans came in droves to buy tickets immediately after they were released.
Tickets are priced from P1,150 for general admission to P17,950 for VIP. – With reports from Agence France Press and Dennis Datu, DZMM