THE National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) of the Philippine National Police's (PNP) identified on Sunday the lone gunman who staged a shooting attack at the Resorts World hotel and casino that resulted in the killing of at least 37 people.
NCRPO director Oscar Albayalde identified the suspect as Jessie Javier Carlos, 42, a Filipino national residing in Sta. Cruz, Manila together with his wife and three children.
He said Carlos was a former employee of the Department of Finance assigned in its satellite office in Malate, Manila. Carlos was allegedly sacked due to his unexplained Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth.
Albayalde said Carlos' identity was traced through the taxi driver who brought him to the said hotel from his home and through the CCTV footages that captured his movement.
In the CCTV footages obtained by the police, Carlos was seen waiting for a cab outside his house. He was also seen buying gasoline, which he later used to burn the facilities in the hotel.
Albayalde said Carlos got addicted to gambling to the extent that he sold his vehicle as well as their property in Batangas to sustain his addiction.
He also got separated from his wife due to his gambling addiction, Albayalde claimed.
Albayalde said it also appeared that Carlos has a debt amounting to P4 million.
Albayalde said they also found out that Carlos was barred by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) from playing in any casinos.
Carlos staged a shooting spree inside the Resorts World Manila and burned several facilities that caused the suffocation and death of the victims.
He committed suicide while he was being hunted by the operatives inside the hotel by setting himself on fire.
For their part, Carlos' parents, Teodora and Fernando, asked forgiveness from the families of the victims.
"Nanghihingi kami ng tawad sa mga namatayan, hindi namin ginusto ang aksidente," said Fernando.
"Napaka-bait ng anak namin na yan, talagang nalulong lang siya sa casino na yan na sumira din sa pamilya niya. Nanghihingi po kami ng tawad," Teodora added.
Albayalde said the case is already closed but investigation will continue with respect to the alleged security lapses of the said hotel. (SunStar Philippines)