Chris Brown promoter John Michael Roda arrested by Bureau of Immigration due to deportation case

Chris Brown's promoter John Michael Roda will remain under Bureau of Immigration custody until his deportation case is resolved. Brown and Roda are also facing an estafa complaint from Maligaya Development Corporation after the singer failed to show up at Iglesia Ni Cristo's Philippine New Year Countdown last year.


American singer Chris Brown has long since left the country, but his Canadian concert promoter John Michael Roda still faces deportation charge from the Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration (BI).

According to ABS-CBN News Online’s report today, July 26, Roda was arrested in Pasay City due to several immigration violations, including working without permit, defrauding creditors by absconding, and undesirability.

BI spokesperson Elaine Tan said Roda will remain under the custody of Philippine immigration until his deportation case is resolved.

It will be recalled that Brown and Roda have been slapped with a one-million-dollar complaint for estafa after the Grammy-Award-winning artist failed to perform at Iglesia Ni Cristo’s (INC) New Year Countdown concert at the Philippine Arena last December 31, 2014.

The complaint was filed by Maligaya Development Corporation (MDC), which is in charge of overall administration and management of Ciudad De Victoria in Bulacan, where the INC-owned Philippine Arena is located.

Brown arrived in Manila for a concert at the Araneta Coliseum last Tuesday night, July 21.

The American singer and Roda were placed under Department of Justice’s lookout bulletin order, pursuant to Article 22-A of the Philippine Immigration Act, which requires foreign nationals to secure an Emigration Clearance Copy (ECC) to ensure that they have no pending obligations in the country.

Brown was unable to leave the Philippines for two days until he secured a clearance from BI last Friday, July 24.

READ: Chris Brown finally allowed to leave the Philippines; secures clearance from the Bureau of Immigration


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