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James Taylor Cancels Manila Concert Over Drug War

US singer James Taylor has cancelled an upcoming concert in the Philippines over reports of extrajudicial killings in the country's war on drugs. The Grammy award-winning artist said in a statement that he was choosing to "make a political stand". He said reports of summary executions in the Philippines were "unacceptable to anyone who loves the rule of law".

 

James Taylor, 68, was scheduled to have played in the capital Manila next February. Fans reacted with disappointment, but many praised the singer for his "integrity in adopting a principled stand". "Thank you for your stand. I will miss seeing you perform but it's a small price to pay for standing up for one's principles," said Allan Victorino. Another Facebook user Patricia Lyons, said: "We all need to take a stand, speak out and act on our truth."

 

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