Uson to stop per­form­ing in casi­nos with ‘Mocha Girls’

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MANILA—Com­mu­ni­ca­tions As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Mar­gaux “Mocha” Uson has de­cided to stop per­form­ing in casi­nos as part of sexy girl group “Mocha Girls”, a Palace of­fi­cial said on Fri­day.

“Re­cently dahil sa nang­yari na may­roong naka­pag-up­load ata ng video, nag­ing mainit ang is­sue dahil sa pag-per­form sa casino. I think Mocha de­cided to stop per­form­ing sa casi­nos,” Pres­i­den­tial Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Sec­re­tary Martin An­da­nar said on the side­lines of the de­lib­er­a­tions for the Pres­i­den­tial Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Op­er­a­tions Of­fice (PCOO) bud­get at the Lower House.

Uson, who was seen in so­cial me­dia posts per­form­ing at Bar 360 of Re­sorts World Manila, de­clined to speak to the me­dia.

An­da­nar said that prior to join­ing the PCOO, Uson had al­ready ex­pressed her de­sire to honor her ex­ist­ing en­ter­tain­ment con­tracts.

“Bago po puma­sok si Asec. [As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary] Mocha sa gob­y­erno, siya po ay nag­paalam sa am­ing opisina na kung puwede niyang i-honor iy­ong kaniyang mga kon­trata o en­ter­tain­ment con­tracts, which pinaya­gan na­man namin as long as ito’y naaayon sa batas, at walang nalal­abag na batas dito,” An­da­nar said.

He added that Uson’s case has been for­warded to the Of­fice of the Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary’s (OES) of­fice be­cause Uson is a pres­i­den­tial ap­pointee. “I would like to get the le­gal opin­ion of the OES Of­fice of the Deputy Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary for Le­gal Af­fairs…Ang paalam lang po [ni Uson] ay to con­tinue and honor the con­tracts na pinirma­han ng Mocha Girls. Nain­tidi­han na­man natin iyon. Kailan­gang i-honor iyon, pero wala pong na­bang­git kung saan,” he said.

Mala­cañang’s Mem­o­ran­dum Cir­cu­lar No. 6 pro­hibits gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, mem­bers of the Armed Forces, and in­di­vid­u­als aged 21 and be­low from en­ter­ing, stay­ing, or play­ing in casi­nos.

“[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,” the mem­o­ran­dum states.

It also says “all gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and em­ploy­ees shall strictly ob­serve and com­ply with all per­ti­nent laws, is­suances and poli­cies pro­hibit­ing gov­ern­ment per­son­nel to enter, stay, or play in gam­bling casi­nos.”

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