James Taylor just announced the cancellation of the Manila leg of his tour of the Pacific concert. The five-time Grammy award winner posted on his social media accounts that he really was looking forward to see his Filipino fans this February 2017.
“I don't think of my music as being particularly political but sometimes one is called upon to make a political stand,” he wrote.
He also said that drug addiction has been a serious problem in the world. He also commented the “summary executions” done in the country are “deeply concerning and unacceptable” to those who follow the law.
“For [a] sovereign nation to prosecute and punish, under the law, those responsible for the illegal trade in drugs is, of course, understandable, even commendable; but recent reports from the Philippines of summary executions of suspected offenders without trial or judicial process are deeply concerning and unacceptable to anyone who loves the rule of law,” he wrote.
He soon apologized to his fans and said that the tickets sold will be refunded. The cancellation in Manila will not affect his concerts in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.