According to Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), they are still looking into reports that Assistant Secretary Ester Margaux “Mocha” Uson performs in casinos despite a prohibition on government employees.
Presidential Decree No. 1067-B (series of 1977), as amended by PD No. 1869 (series of 1983), bans government officials and employees from visiting casinos.
PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement that “Mocha asked permission to honor her entertainment contracts when she joined government.”
However, while Uson is not prohibited from performing, Andanar added that she is advised to avoid such places.
This comes after videos circulated on social media allegedly showing Uson performing with her girl group “Mocha Girls” at Bar 60 located at the ground floor of Resorts World Manila.
Uson supposedly also has gigs at places like Punchline Comedy Bar and Cowboy Grill, aside from Resorts World Manila.
Meanwhile, Resorts World Manila management said in a statement that it asks those who performs to comply with all government regulations.
Memorandum Circular Number 6 states that “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.”