BREAKING NEWS: Identity Of The Suspect Of The Resorts World Manila Attack Was Revealed By PNP!
The Philippines was alarmed when a lone gunman entered Resorts World Manila and made a chaos which led to the death of 38 persons including himself on June 2, Friday.
Witnesses initially claimed that the gunman was a member of the international terrorist group ISIS but the claim was immediately debunked by the Philippine National Police (PNP). The authorities led by PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa stated that it was a robbery case after the suspect stole more than P130 million worth casino chips before burning himself to death.
Southern Police District chief Tomas Apolinario initially claimed that they already identified the suspect but refused to release any information about him.
However, an article from the Philippine News Agency managed by the government already released the information about the suspect’s identity.
According to National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Oscar Albayalde, the suspect was named as Jessie Carlos, a 42-year-old former employee of the Department of Finance.
Carlos was married to and eventually got separated from Jen Carlos with whom he had three children with.
According to the investigation, he was heavily in debt because of his casino gambling addiction. He was dismissed from his duty after he did not make a proper declarations and disclosure on his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN). He lost some of his properties to pay for his outstanding bank-related and non-bank-related debts. His gambling addiction even caused the misunderstanding between him and his immediate family.
Albayalde claimed that Carlos’ wife was “depressed” about the incident while thinking about their children’s future.
Meanwhile, Carlos’ father, Fernando Carlos and Teodora Carlos expressed sympathy to the families of the victims.
With the confirmation of the suspect’s identity, Albayalde claimed that it will strengthen their initial conclusion that what transpired is robbery and not an act of terror which many people initially believed in.
“We ask for people to stop spreading false speculations linking this act to terrorism. Again, as we always maintained, this not an act of terrorism! Help us build peace here in our region by spreading only the truth,” Albayalde said, quotes lifted from the Philippine News Agency.
The investigation is still ongoing as PNP ensures that they “shall spare no one of any lapses committed during the incident.”