LTO chief Virginia Torres caught on video gambling?

A purported thirty second clip of Land Transportation Office (LTO) chief Virginia Torres playing slot machine inside an unidentified casino has been uploaded on the video sharing site YouTube. The video, apparently recorded secretly, has been uploaded last August 13 by YouTube user “Juan Dela Cruz.” See it below:

Torres, clad in checkered blouse, pink leggings, and rubber shoes, can be seen in the clip resting her legs in the lower part of the machine. The uploader of the video did not provide any details about Torres’ stay in the casino. If the clip was taken during her tenure as LTO chief, Torres may be held liable for violating Memorandum Circular 20, series of 1986.

MC 20 mandates that “government officials connected directly with the operation of the government or any of its agencies” are not allowed to play at the gambling casinos. The memorandum was signed during the term of President Benigno Aquino III’s mother, former President Corazon Aquino.

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About Mark Madrona

Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for a private college in Metro Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe received the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards. He is the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here: View all posts by Mark Madrona

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