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One Direction asked to pay 'weed bond' by Philippines

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One Direction’s Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson are being required to pay a “weed bond” in the Philippines, according to the Associated Press. The local Anti-Drugs Advocate requested the bond, following a video of the bandmembers allegedly smoking marijuana was found circulating online.

According to Christine Ching, a spokeswoman of Anti-Drugs Advocate, the band’s producer paid the nearly $5,000 apiece bond plus an additional fees to the Immigration Bureau Thursday afternoon. The money will be forfeited if the two are caught “using or impliedly promoting illegal drugs” during their performance at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds in Manila this weekend.  

“The condition is intended to protect the public interest should the band members commit any violation during their stay in the Philippines,” Elaine Tan, bureau spokeswoman, said to the AP.

The Anti-Drugs Advocate is concerned with the influence the band has over Filipino youth, according to Ching. Ching added their desire to see the band’s pure, raw, untainted talent” without the influence of drugs. 

The band’s “On the Run Again” tour performance on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Concert Ground is completely sold out. Following their performances in Manila, the band will head to Indonesia and then to Africa.