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Chris Brown can't leave Philippines

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Chris Brown can't leave Philippines

Chris Brown has been barred from leaving the Philippines.

The 'Loyal' hitmaker performed a gig in Manila last night (21.07.15) but when he tried to fly out to Hong Kong this morning (22.07.15) for his next show, he was blocked from doing so by the Philippine Department of Justice due to a dispute with a concert promoter.

According to the Philippines News Agency, Chris was allegedly booked to perform a show last New Year's Eve (31.012.14) but never made the appearance, so the promoters of the gig were granted an order to bar the 'Fine China' singer from leaving the country in order to get him to pay back money they say they are owed.

Immigration bureau spokeswoman Elaine Tan insisted Chris and his promoter must obtain an emigration clearance certificate to leave the country but added they will not be barred from leaving as long as the justice department does not raise objections.

This is not the first travel problem Chris has encountered this year.

In February, the 26-year-old star was forced to cancel shows in Canada after being refused entry to the country due to previous criminal convictions.

Breaking the news in tweets, which have since been deleted, he wrote at the time: "Unfortunately I will not be able to perform in front of sold out crowds in Montreal & Toronto."

Tour promoter Live Nation subsequently released a statement confirming "immigration issues" were responsible for the cancellations.