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Folk singer James Taylor cancels Manila concert in protest of EJKs

James Taylor Photo © www.usatoday.com
James Taylor Photo © www.usatoday.com

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.

Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK
A former reporter of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Standard Today, and a regular columnist of the Metro Manila based daily tabloid newspaper Hataw; Nelson Flores is also the former Senior Associate Editor of the Houston based Fil-Am Press and former anchor of dzXL and dzRJ's weekend talk show Usaping Bayan. Mr. Flores has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Law degrees from the University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University and a holder of a study certificate from the Diocesan House of Studies, Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI). He is a Freemason and member of Reagan Lodge 1037 in Houston Heights under the jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas and a member of the Missionary Society of Christ the King (MSCK).

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