"...Lugi ang producer..."
Unfortunately, in a statement posted on his website last December 20, he said he is saddened to announce the cancellation of his performance.
I’ve been eagerly looking forward to playing for my Philippine audience ever since we added Manila to our tour of the Pacific this coming February. So it saddens me to cancel our concert there. I don’t think of my music as being particularly political but sometimes one is called upon to make a political stand.But then, a Facebook post from Sass Rogando Sagot went viral after she revealed the real reason of the cancellation of James Taylor's concert in Manila, and it's not because of the alleged drug killings.
The scourge of addiction is a worldwide problem and does serious harm, not only to the addict but to our society. 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.
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 Manila this February. All tickets sold will, of course, be fully refunded. I am grateful to my promoter, Renen de Guia, for his patience and understanding.
This decision will, in no way, affect my plans to perform as announced in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.
According to her,
In pursuit of truth, here's the actual ticket sales of James Taylor. Hindi lang 52 tickets ang nabenta, as claimed by one of the commenters na aking na-post naman. Mas marami naman pala sa 52, pero as we can see sa ticket sales, hindi naman pala bumenta. Two months before na ang concert, ang gross ticket sales daw ay 20 million PH pesos na. Eh ang TF ni Kuya James eh nasa at least 1 million dollars daw (http://lambgoat.com/blog/457/How-much-does-it-cost-to-book-your-favorite-band).In another post, Sasot advice Taylor that if he is really concern with the drvg addicts in the Philippines, he better donates money to build drvg rehabilitation centers.
So lugi ang producer. Eh February na ang concert...
Naku kung concern talaga itong si James Taylor sa mga drug addict sa Pilipinas, at kung bumenta talaga ang concert niya, dapat ang mas-mainam na ginawa niya ay nag-donate ng pera para magpatayo ng drug rehabilitation centers para makarecover ang mga addict sa kanilang addiction katulad niya na nalulong sa heroin ng mga 18 years ata.