The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) is now investigating the issue involving Mocha Uson’s alleged presence in Resorts World Manila despite clear laws prohibiting government officials from entering casino grounds.
According to Secretary Martin Andanar, he will talk to Uson regarding the matter. “Mocha can still perform if she wishes pero I would discourage her from performing in places like casinos,” he told GMA News Online.
Andanar explained that Uson, an entertainer by trade, previously asked to be allowed to continue her prior commitments before she officially joined the government.
The statement comes after reports of Uson, who now holds public office as assistant secretary of the PCOO, was reportedly seen in a video performing at Bar 360 in Resorts World Manila.
Under Republic Act No. 6713 or the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees,” government personnel should strictly comply with laws prohibiting them from entering, staying or playing in gambling casinos.
“In view of its negative effect on the public perception of government service as a whole, the mere entry or presence of government officials and employees in a gambling casino shall be considered as conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service, unless the same was in the performance of official duties and functions.”
Aside from government officials, members of both the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces are also not allowed in casinos.
Back in 2013, former Land Transportation Office chief Virginia Torres was embroiled in controversy after a video apparently showing her playing with a slot machine surfaced.