Pasay City – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has already identified the gunman responsible for the fatal attack at Resorts World Manila (RWM) in Pasay City.
Just after midnight on Friday, a gunman entered the second floor of the resort hotel where the casino complex is located.
The suspect, now identified to be Jessie Carlos, went on a shooting rampage, shot a LED TV, tried to ransack P114 million worth of chips and burned a casino table.
Authorities have recovered 38 dead bodies, including the suspect’s, hours after the rampage. Most of the victims died of suffocation from the fire the perpetrator has set up. Carlos has allegedly committed suicide causing his death. At least 70 hotel guests and employees were reported wounded and was already brought to nearby hospitals.
The PNP denied speculations of terrorism and ruled in robbery as a cause of this senseless attack.
In a press conference today, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief Director Oscar Albayalde said that the perpetrator is 43 years old, a Filipino citizen and is currently residing at Sta. Cruz, Manila. He has 3 children.
Carlos was a former employee of the Department of Finance as a licensed broker, but he was discharged due to misdeclaration of his properties on his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN).
Albayalde said the suspect has been hooked to gambling for several years and frequently played in casinos all over Metro Manila. He sold several properties to finance his gambling. Accordingly, Carlos was a ‘high-roller’ who usually betted at least P40 thousand. His addiction has resulted to a request from his next-of-kin to request PAGCOR last 2013 to bar him from entering all casinos.
Although, the suspect has already been identified, Albayalde said that the investigation is still ongoing on the part of management and security lapses.