FIVE time Grammy award winner James Taylor on Wednesday canceled the Manila leg of his Pacific concert in protest over the rising instances of Extra Judicial Killings in country, which allegedly already claimed nearly 6,000 lives.
Taylor, in a statement posted on his Twitter account, expressed sadness over his decision to postpone his scheduled February concert saying “I don’t think of my music as being particularly political but sometimes one is called upon to make a political stand.”
Taylor, who earlier claimed to be looking forward playing before an audience in Manila, admitted that drug addiction does serious harm and is a world problem but stressed that summary executions in the country (Phlippines) are “deeply concerning and unacceptable.”
“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,” Taylor said.
“I offer my heartfelt apologies for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause my Filipino friends but I must now announce that I will not be performing [in] February,” he added.
All tickets sold will be refunded, and the cancellation of his Manila concert will not affect Taylor’s other plans to perform in other cities in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, the`statement further said.