March 19, 2015


One Direction Members Forced to Pay Philippines "Weed Bond"

Mark Davis/DCNYRE2015/Getty Images for DCP
Mark Davis/DCNYRE2015/Getty Images for DCP

The Philippines government will not be wooed by One Direction's charm and good looks!

According to Billboard, the Philippine Bureau of Immigration is requiring 1D members Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson to pay a "weed bond" worth nearly $5,000 if they are caught using caught using or "impliedly promoting" illegal drugs while in Manila for concerts this weekend. The guys will post a $4,470 bond along with a $447 processing fee to obtain special work permits.

A Filipino anti-drug advocacy group has expressed concern that the the band's massive popularity could impose a poor influence on their country's youth. "We want to see their pure, raw, untainted talent, without need for them to take drugs," a spokeswoman said.

If the band doesn't post the bonds, a rep for the bureau says the guys will be prevented from performing.

The precaution isn't wholly unjustified. Last year, a video surfaced of Malik and Tomlinson purportedly smoking weed in Peru.

And if the dudes are found puffing the ganj, things could get much worse than a few thousand dollars. Local law dictates that anyone caught using or in possession of the plant could end up being forced into rehab and/or jail. Don't put your Directioners through that, guys!