Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson told to post bonds following viral drug video
Two members of One Direction have been ordered to pay a $5,000 dollar (£3,300) drug bond ahead of two gigs in the Philippines this weekend.
Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson have been told to pay the fee for special work permits by the Philippines Bureau of Immigration.
They will lose the bond if they are caught using or promoting the use of illegal drugs during their visit to the country, reports The Guardian.
Bureau spokeswoman Elaine Tan said the condition was “intended to protect the public interest should the band members commit any violation during their stay in the Philippines”.
The demand was originally stipulated by an anti-drugs group, who called on the bureau to scrutinise work permits for the band following a video released by The Daily Mail that went viral last year of Malik and Tomlinson allegedly smoking marijuana.
In the footage, the pair are heard joking about a “joint” as they smoke what looks like a rolled-up cigarette in the back of a car in Peru.
During the five-minute video, Tomlinson, who is said to be have been behind the camera, is heard saying: “So here we are, leaving Peru. Joint lit. Happy days!”
At the time, band member Liam Payne apologised for their actions: “I love my boys and maybe things have gone a little sideways. I apologise for that. We are only in our 20s, and we all do stupid things at this age.”
An anti-drugs group has now petitioned a local court to direct government agencies to ensure that the band members are drug-free.
It also urged the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency to send officers to monitor the band.
One Direction will perform at the seaside SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds, near Manila on March 21 and 22.
The band recently appeared in an advert for the Toyota Vios.