Thursday , June 21, 2018

Resorts World gunman dismissed by Ombudsman in 2014

JESSIE Javier Carlos, the lone gunman who carried out the attack that killed dozens in Resorts World Manila Friday, was a tax specialist who was dismissed in 2014 by the Office of the Ombudsman for failing to disclose all his assets.

In a press statement posted on the website of Revenue Integrity Protection Service (Rips), Carlos was identified as a Tax Specialist I of the One Stop Shop Tax Credit and Duty Drawback Center of the Department of Finance (DOF).

Rips, a body formed to address corruption in revenue-generating government agencies, filed the charges against Carlos in December 2011.

The group said the Ombudsman issued a ruling on April 25, 2014, dismissing Carlos for grave misconduct and gross neglect of duty.

He was found guilty of failing to disclose all his assets in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities Net Worth (SALN).

Based on the Ombudsman ruling, Carlos had a gross income of P2.46 million from 2001 to 2011, but managed to purchase, in cold cash, two farm lots in Tanauan City, Batangas for P4 million in 2010.

The Ombudsman also noted that Carlos had racked up credit card liabilities amounting to P600,000 and P4 million. The latter loan was increased to P5 million in 2010.

The Ombudsman also ordered the filing of criminal charges against Carlos for violation of Section 7 of RA 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) in relation to Section 8 of RA 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees), Article 171(4) (Falsification) and Article 183 (Perjury) of the Revised Penal Code.

Carlos was killed after he allegedly set himself on fire, shortly after he went on a rampage in Resorts World Manila before dawn Friday, June 2.

Carlos torched gambling tables and took P113.1 million worth of chips before setting himself on fire in the adjacent Maxims Hotel. The fire at the casino killed 37 patrons and employees, who died from smoke inhalation.

Authorities have dismissed claims that the incident was a terrorist attack. (SunStar Philippines)