Philippines imposes ‘weed bond’ on One Direction

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Bureau of Immigration is requiring two members of the English-Irish band One Direction to post bonds worth nearly $5,000 each, to be forfeited if they are caught using or impliedly promoting illegal drugs while in Manila for their concert this weekend.

The bureau’s spokeswoman Elaine Tan said Thursday Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison required Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson to post 200,000 pesos ($4,470) bond and 20,000 pesos ($447) processing fee each through their concert producer for their special work permits. The five-member band performs on March 21 and 22 at the seaside Mall of Asia Concert Grounds.

The Anti-Drugs Advocate group has called on the bureau to strictly scrutinize the band members’ permits following a video that circulated on the Internet of Malik and Tomlinson purportedly smoking marijuana.