Chris Brown's Fil-Canadian promoter denies Iglesia ni Cristo's charges
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – John Michael Pio "Mike" Roda, a Filipino-Canadian concert promoter of American R&B singer Chris Brown denied swindling the Iglesia Ni Cristo company Maligaya Development Corporation (MDC) over a December 31 concert .
Roda, a Canadian citizen, said he never received the $1,006.250 that MDC claims it paid him.
His publicists said in a statement: "Documents will establish that Mr Pio Roda only received $45,000 from complainant MDC (Maligaya Development Corporation), while Chris Brown was directly paid $350,000.00. Mr Pio Roda likewise received a total amount of $228,750, but this was paid by J. Williams Management Group Inc. and not by complainant MDC, while Chris Brown again received directly $350,000." (READ: Chris Brown: I've done nothing wrong)
MDC's complaint affidavit says, however, that J Williams Management Group is its marketing arm.
The complainant said in its affidavit that more payments were made in December 2014, with Roda being paid an additional $45,000 (P2.048 million) and Brown another $350,000. According to the MDC, the total cost of bringing Brown to the country amounted to $1,006,250 (P45.8 million).
Roda, along with Brown, is accused of fraudulent acts by MDC, which manages the INC's 50,000-seater Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Brown was supposed to perform there on December 31, 2014, but cancelled the show. He claimed he lost his passport. Brown was barred from leaving the country after his Mall of Asia show on July 21 for 3 days.
The statement also said that MDC was already informed that Chris Brown had lost his passport two days before the show. Roda's company, Pinnacle Live Concepts, which was producing the show, had brought up the option to charter a jet as soon as the singer was able to get a replacement passport, but MDC "refused this compromise."