MANILA – Land Transportation Office (LTO) chief Virginia Torres has reportedly been ousted from religious group Iglesia ni Cristo after videos of her allegedly gambling surfaced recently, an ABS-CBN source said.
One of the videos showed Torres in front of a slot machine, while another showed her allegedly playing on the machine.
Torres admitted that she is the woman in the video. She said it was taken on June 2012 at the Madison Arcade in Mandaluyong.
According to a memorandum issued by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2001, all government officials are prohibited from entering or playing at gambling casinos.
But the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) said the Madison Arcade is not a casino, and only slot machines are found in the establishment.
Torres, meanwhile, said she is open to an investigation, noting that the video was released by those who want her removed from her position.
“I am willing to be subjected to any investigation to know if what I did through manipulations of my detractors is a serious crime that merits removal from office,” Torres said.
The ABS-CBN source said reports of Torres' ouster from Iglesia ni Cristo, which also prohibits its members from gambling, have reached Malacañang.
ABS-CBN tried to get the side of Iglesia and Torres on the reported dismissal, but both camps refused to comment, as of posting.