BI arrests Chris Brown's promoter

Posted at Jul 26 2015 12:25 AM | Updated as of Jul 26 2015 08:30 AM


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MANILA - John Michael Pio Roda, a Canadian concert promoter of Grammy-winning artist Chris Brown, was arrested in Pasay City, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Saturday night.

Roda is facing a deportation charge for immigration violations, according to BI spokesperson Elaine Tan.

"Roda will have to remain in BI custody until his deportation case is resolved," Tan said in a statement.

Brown and Roda have been accused of fraud by Maligaya Development Corporation (MDC), an Iglesia Ni Cristo-affiliated company.

MDC said it was owed a million-dollar-plus refund after Brown, represented by Roda, failed to show up for a New Year's Eve concert sponsored by them last year.

The two had been barred from leaving the Philippines following Brown's concert at the Mall of Asia Arena last July 21.

BI special prosecutor Homer Arellano, last May, charged Roda for working without the appropriate permit, for defrauding his creditors by absconding, and for undesirability.

Meanwhile, Brown was able to leave the Philippines Friday night after obtaining the requisite Emigration Certificate Clearance (ECC) from the BI.

Tan explained that the American artist was issued the ECC after verifying that he had no other derogatory record apart from the Immigration Lookout Bulletin issued by the Department of Justice.

Brown is currently in Hong Kong as part of his world tour, which includes stops in Israel, Cyprus and the Netherlands.