MANILA, Philippines - Multi-platinum-selling singer and actor Christian Bautista is set to return to the country this weekend amid reports that he was deported from Jakarta, Indonesia for allegedly violating the terms of his visa.
A report from the Jakarta Globe said Bautista was being deported for violating Indonesian immigration laws for singing in a show in Lippo Karawaci, Tangerang without a proper work visa.
It quoted Indonesian immigration official Herawan Sukoaji as saying that Bautista had traveled to Indonesia numerous times on a work visa "but this time, the sponsor did not fully understand the immigration regulations, so Christian used the free visa."
Bautista's manager, however, denied that the Pinoy singer had been deported.
"Christian is not deported. Whatever the problems in the immigration was legally settled. He is on his way home from Singapore tomorrow and will be back in Jakarta for his Valentine's concert in Hotel Mulia," manager Carlo Orosa said.
He said Bautista will be flying to Singapore tonight before returning to Manila on Saturday. - With a report from TV Patrol