PHILIPPINE authorities have identified the lone gunman in Friday’s deadly Resorts World Manila incident as a deeply indebted gambler and former employee of the Department of Finance who tried to rob a casino in the resort debunking the notion that he was a terrorist.
National Capital Region Police Office Director Oscar Albayalde identified the lone gunman as 42-year old Jessie Javier Carlos. He said they were able to establish his identity through the members of his family who saw the video of the incident that was released by RWM on Saturday.
Albayalde said this proved that contrary to speculations, the RWM gunman is not a foreigner despite his looks and that the incident is not a terrorist attack.
Furthermore, Albayalde said Carlos, citing the information provided by his family, is a former DoF employee stationed at the One Stop Shop. He added that Carlos was fired from his job for non-declaration/mis-declaration of his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).
He said the suspect was a father of three children and is separated from his wife due his gambling habits. The suspect was also reportedly buried in more than P4 million outstanding debt from bank and non-banking entities, and even sold his Ford Ranger due to his financial problems.
Authorities were able to speak to the suspect’s family early Sunday who confirmed that the gunman was Carlos after a thorough review of the CCTV footage, photos and other pieces of evidence.
“In the interest of justice, members of his family are with us here today. They express their deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the victims and to the public in general,” Albayalde said.
“On this note, we also reiterate our prior statements that this is not an act of terrorism but this incident is confined to the act of one man alone as we have always said,” he said, reiterating that they won’t allow people or any threat group to use this situation to advance their propaganda.
The Islamic State earlier claimed responsibility for the incident that claimed the lives of 38 people, including Carlos.
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