Here's What You Need To Know About That Bureau of Immigration Bond on One Direction's Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik

The Bureau of Immigration is requiring #OTRATMNL concert organizers to pay P200,000 as "weed bond" for the two 1D members before their concert.
by Ayessa De La Peña   |  Mar 19, 2015
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When the hashtag #MukhangPeraAngPilipinas started trending in the country this afternoon, we had to check it (as we always do) to know what was going on. It turns out that the topic behind the trending hashtag was about the Bureau of Immigration (BI) imposing a "weed bond" on One Direction members Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik upon their entry in the Philippines for their two-day concert this weekend at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds.

We went through the hashtag and a lot of people have already shared their opinions and reactions. However, we here in Candy want you girls to have an informed stand on this topic. So to help you, we've rounded up three things we think you should know about this issue.

 1  According to the Associated Press (via Yahoo News), the cited reason for posting bond on Zayn and Louis was the viral footage of the boys last year. The video was taken while they were smoking marijuana during their stay in Peru for the Latin leg of the Where We Are Tour. This shocked people worldwide and the boys have received criticism regarding the incident—mostly expressing concern because majority of their fans are young girls. Their bandmate Liam Payne was the first to break 1D's silence on the issue and express his apology in a series of tweets.

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 2  The Anti-Drugs Advocate, Laban ng Pamilyang Pilipino (ADA) has called on BI to carefully check the work permits issued for the two before they can enter the country and perform. They are also urging the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to send officers to help them ensure that Louis and Zayn remain drug-free while in the country. The #OTRATMNL concert producers are already cooperating with them—they went to BI this afternoon to post the bond—and even gave ADA passes to freely monitor the boys.


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According to ADA spokesperson Elaine Tan, they are just concerned about the boys' influence on the Filipino youth that's why they're doing this. Cherry Ching, another member of the group, also clarified (via The Philippine Star) that they are not against 1D. "We do not hate the band, we love them," she said. "I personally love them. It's just the drugs that we hate. You don't hate the sinner, you hate the sin that destroys them and drugs definitely destroy the lives of the youth."


 3  The cash bond posted on Louis and Zayn amounted to nearly $5,000 each—$4,470 (or P200,000) bond and $447 (P20,000) processing fee. The organizers are required to pay this before the special working permits of the boys are issued. If they commit any violation, the amounts will be forfeited.

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What do you think of this move done by the government, Candy Girls? We want to hear what you have to say on this issue. Let us know in the comments or tweet us @candymagdotcom

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