MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Canadian singer Justin Bieber has had many encounters with the law. And he has admitted being hooked on alcohol and drugs, although he claims he is now “clean.”
China has permanently banned Bieber from holding concerts in the country due to his “bad behavior.”
So what happens when he visits the Philippines on September 30 this year for a concert at the Philippine Arena?
The Philippines has not banned the singer, but in keeping with President Duterte’s war on drugs, Bieber must undergo a drug test prior to his arrival in Manila.
“This is for his own safety and benefit. We do not want him to have encounters with our local law enforcement if he is found to be under the influence of drugs,” a statement from the Office of the President said.
The Philippines justified its drug test requirement for Bieber by citing a similar demand for Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao prior to his fight with Floyd Mayweather.
Filipinos and others attending Bieber’s concert will also have to provide a certificate or notarized pledge that they are drug-free.
Ticket prices for the concert range from P3,000 (about $60) to P39,000 (about $780).
Meanwhile, The Adobo Chronicles has learned that Bieber’s front act for his Philippine concert is former APO Hiking Society band member, anti-Duterte Jim Paredes.