Chris Brown free to leave PH after securing clearance
American singer Chris Brown may now leave the Philippines after securing an emigration clearance certificate (ECC) on Friday afternoon from the Bureau of Immigration.
Bureau spokesperson Elaine Tan said Brown personally appeared before the immigration office in Makati City to apply for an ECC at 4 p.m. She said his application was granted.
“ECC issued by BI Makati office around 4:30 p.m. today after verifying that Chris Brown has no other derogatory record apart from the [immigration lookout bulletin],” said Tan, adding “departure formalities” would be implemented by immigration officers at the airport.
According to Immigration Commissioner Sigfried Mison, Brown has no derogatory record despite the complaint filed by Maligaya Development Corp.
“Since the complaint is still pending, walang nag-a-appear na derogatory record sa amin. Pero alam naman namin na merong pending complaint although wala sa court so it is really not a pending obligation,” Mison said.
The $1-million estafa complaint, he said, was still with the prosecutors’ office, “so based on our lookout bulletin, directive ni ma’am (Justice Secretary Leila de Lima), it is not a basis to deny departure.”
He also said there was no agreement for Brown to return to the country in case he needed to appear in court.
“It is really a matter between the lawyers of Mr. Brown at yung kanyang promoter and the [National Prosecution Service],” Mison said.
However, if the case would be filed in court, De Lima said the government had recourse to go after Brown like extradition and the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty.
Brown has been barred from leaving the country after being put on the watch list of the immigration bureau.
The singer staged a concert on Tuesday night at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Brown is expected to leave the country via his private jet anytime today. His next destination is Macau.
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