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This is most unexpected and really, quite sad.

James Taylor, who was slated to perform in Manila on February 25, 2017, just canceled his show. He announced his decision with a lengthy post on Facebook early Wednesday morning.

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His reason? The disturbingly numerous cases of extra-judi—summary executions, as Senator Alan Peter Cayetano prefers calling them.

“I don’t think of my music as being particularly political but sometimes one is called upon to make a political stand,” James—or his social media manager—writes on Facebook.

He commends that we are doing something about the drug problem, “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,” he writes.

He then apologizes to his fans, thanks his promoter here in the Philippines, and mentions that his shows in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand will continue.

Tickets will be refunded.

Sigh. We don’t hope Coldplay or any of the Wanderland acts get any ideas from Uncle James’s decision. If they canceled for the same reason, maaan, that would truly be heartbreaking.

Below is his full statement, or click the photo below to read it on Facebook.

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.

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.

~ James Taylor

Photo: James Taylor | Facebook

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