MANILA — An official of the Catholic Church said popular British band “One Direction” should be banned from holding concerts in the Philippines.
Fr. Conegundo Garganta, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY), said the group may set a bad example for the youth who idolize them.
Earlier, a video surfaced showing two of the members of the group smoking marijuana.
“The government should act on this. Are you going to allow your people to be poisoned?” Garganta said.
“I don’t know if they’ll do that but the government vowed to protect the people. That’s why it should exercise its power,” he said.
Garganta also asked concert organizers to be more discerning when they invite artists to do shows in Manila.
“While an actor or actress can entertain us, we should also be discerning. Are we only for the entertainment? We should also be responsible,” he said.
The Manila concert of One Direction is slated in March next year. (Manila Bulletin)