Presidential Communications Operations Office assistant secretary Mocha Uson is still performing with her girl group at a casino in Parañaque City, videos posted in the social media showed.
Government officials and employees are banned from casinos by Presidential Decree Np. 1067-B (series of 1977), as amended bu PD No. 1869 (series of 1983).
Even the promotional website of Resorts World Manila said that Uson performs with the Mocha Girls at Bar 360 every Tuesdays from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The photo posted on the page includes Uson.
“The Mocha Girls regularly perform at various venues around the metro, and have also toured internationally including cities in the Middle East and Asia with their lead vocalist, Mocha Uson, together with Franz Faisan, Georgina Knight, and Seika Hashizume,” the site said.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on September 20, 2016 in a memo reminded government officials and employees of the prohibition.
“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,” Medialdea's memo read.
GMA News Online has already sought the side of Uson and PCOO Sec. Martin Andanar on the matter but neither official have responded as of posting time.
Sought comment for comment, a Resorts World Manila executive sent the following statement from the hotel and casino: "Resorts World Manila has advised its entertainment providers to strictly comply with all relevant laws and regulations."
A staff of Bar 360 was also reached by phone call but the conversation was cut before the representative was able to introduce himself.
“She’s performing pero inaayos na ng legal department lahat… The President knows about it, supposedly,” the Bar 360 staff said.
Bar 360 is located at the ground floor of the Resorts World Manila’s Gaming Area.
Netizens have also posted recent photos and videos of Uson at the bar or around its premises. —NB, GMA News