Resorts World Incident Update:
Teodora Carlos, mother of attacker, appeals to public to stop calling her son a terrorist and clarifies casino gambling addiction ruined his life that led to the incident. He is not part of ISIS. Teodora advised parents to keep watch and be vigilant if their children are already addicted to casinos because such addiction can lead to tragedies.
The attacker was Jessie Carlos, 43 y.o., former DOF employee. He was banned from all casinos April 2017. This is not an act of terrorism. Authorities encourage people to be more sensitive when posting terrorism-related opinions.
Cto: Carlo Lorenzo
Source of pictures and information (Resorts World and picture grabbed from CNN Philippines)
As of 3:00 pm., June 2, 2017
It is with deep regrets that we confirm that there were 35 casualties in this tragic incident, of which 13 are employees and 22 are guests. The identities of two employees and four guests are still being validated as of this time.
We are doing our very best to inform the families of the victims. We are extending all forms of assistance to the affected next of kin. We are one in mourning with the families of those affected by this tragedy.
This is also a very difficult time for all of us here in Resorts World Manila. We consider our guests, patrons and our employees as our family.
My colleague, Gina Alvarez, will read the names of the confirmed fatalities:
Rojie S Uy
Merylle Gwen Ala
Lea Grace Mozo
And 2 are still being identified
Caccam Katherine Cervantes
P Ling Hung Lee
Pacita Guillermo Comquilla
Pomenciano Vargas Jr.
Lai Wei Chung
Jaime Gaboy Jr.
Lai Yu Cheeh
Rolando Pena Sison
Antonina Yuzon Allanigue
Carmelita Taylo Delacruz
And 4 are still being identified
Testimonies of responding members of Resorts World Manila’s security team confirm that they were able to shoot and wound the gunman that attacked Resorts World Manila in the early hours of June 02, 2017. Severe blood loss from the gunshot wound significantly slowed the assailant down and resulted to his holing up in a room where he took his own life.
We would like to extend our gratitude to our security team, particularly Mr. Bernard Cajigas, who also sustained a gunshot wound, and Mr. Petronio Kinol, Jr. We also commend the Philippine National Police and the Bureau of Fire Protection for their courage and efforts to contain the incident.
Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to refute claims circulating online that there were two assailants involved in the incident. We reiterate that there was only one gunman involved in this senseless attack.
On behalf of the victims’ families and loved ones, we request everyone to refrain from spreading hurtful speculation and false information.