Chris Brown still facing a $1-million estafa rap from Iglesia Ni Cristo
He's not off the hook yet.
(SPOT.ph) He may have finally left the country, but Chris Brown's problems are far from over. He will still be facing the U.S. $1-million estafa charge that Iglesia Ni Cristo filed against him after he did not show up at a New Year's Eve concert.
According to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, the preliminary investigation on the complaint against him and his promoter John Michael Pio Roda will still proceed. The complaint has already been assigned to an investigator, who will handle the issuing of subpoenas.
Chris Brown celebrated as he left the Manila airport on July 24
De Lima added that Brown can "ignore the subpoena" since the preliminary investigation was "not compulsory." Should he do so, however, it can be considered a waiver of his right to answer allegations. Once they determine probable cause and proceed with the case in court, De Lima said that there are legal measures to bring the recording artist to the country.
Meanwhile, reports say that Brown's Canadian promoter was arrested and is facing a deportation charge for immigration violations. The Bureau of Immigration charged Roda for "working without the appropriate permit, for defrauding his creditors by absconding, and for undesirability."