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Pres. Duterte visits victims of Resorts World Casino Attack

Resorts World Manila gunman identified as 42-year-old Jessie Carlos, said to be ‘heavily in debt’ due to gambling addiction.

MANILA, Philippines — After visiting wounded-in-action Filipino armies in Cagayan de Oro on Saturday, the Philippine President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte then proceeded to personally offer his deepest sympathy to the families of the victims of the attack at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City in the same evening.

President Duterte, upon arrival at the Villamor Air Base, went directly to the Veronica Memorial Chapel where the remains of nine casualties, including that of the still unidentified armed murderer, at around 11 P.M. on Saturday.

Duterte visited the wake of Taiwanese victims Hing Tung Tsung, Lai Wei-Chung, and Lai Yu-Chieh, as well as a Filipino, Carmelita dela Cruz. The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) officer-in-charge Catalino Cuy, who accompanied Duterte in his paid visit, said that the President told the bereaved families to let him know how the government could help them.

According to DILG officer, the families of the Taiwanese expressed that they would like to bring the remains of their family member back to Taiwan on Monday. The government offered assistance by helping process necessary documents for the transport of the remains of Taiwanese victims.

Meanwhile, the Pasay City’s local Department Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) workers based outside the memorial chapel confirmed to members of the news outlets that the reamin of the casino gunman was also taken there but remains unclaimed.

According to Cuy, it appears that Duterte was convinced that the attacker was mentally illed based on what he have seen in the CCTV footage.

The Philippines National Police (PNP) on Sunday, June 4, identified the gunman in the attack at Resorts World Manila as a former employee of the Department of Finance (DOF) who is “heavily in debt” due to casino gambling.

The attacker was identified as Jessie Carlos, 42 years old, said National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Oscar Albayalde in a press conference at the Remington Hotel – part of the Resorts World compound – on Sunday.

Carlos was formerly assigned to the DOF’s “One Stop Shop” office. The suspect was discharged from his position for issues related to his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN).

The gunman’s identity was confirmed on early Sunday morning by his antagonized wife and his parents, according to the NCRPO chief. His parents and wife were present at the press conference.

NCRPO Director Oscar Albayalde said that Carlos was “heavily in debt” due to his casino gambling vice.

The gunman – identified as a “high roller” who usually placed a minimum bet of P40,000 – is claimed to have P4 million in debt with the local banks, plus an undisclosed figure of non-bank-related obligations, due to his gambling dilemma. Carlos also sold his automotive vehicle and a family properties in Batangas to finance his gambling addiction.

In a 2014 press release from the DOF’s Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS) him as a “Jessie Javier Carlos” as a Tax Specialist of the One Stop Shop Tax Credit and Duty Drawback Center. The DOF’s RIPS press statement said that he was dismissed from service by the Ombudsman “for failure to disclose truthfully all his assets” in his SALN.

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