Philippine Police Identify Resort Attacker As Indebted Gambler

The man, Jessie Carlos, had a gambling problem and was sacked from the Department of Finance in 2014 for not accurately disclosing his assets and liabilities, said Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde. The taxi driver who dropped the man off at the casino said the man spoke Tagalog and was alone, said Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had claimed responsibility for the attack, but police insisted that all evidence disproved this.

The Washington Post reported that, according to police in the Philippines, Carlos was a Filipino who was addicted to gambling and was heavily indebted.

The Philippines has faced Muslim uprisings for decades, though much of the violence has occurred in the troubled south.

When the police closed in on him, Carlos instead wound up in a room on the hotel's fifth floor and committed suicide.

Albayalde said the incident is now a "closed case" with regards to the identity of the perpetrator.

Albayalde was joined by Carlos' parents who both asked for forgiveness from the families of the victims.

Albayalde said Carlos had a bank account with an outstanding debt of P4 million, and several other non-bank related debt.

The Philippines has been on heightened alert amid a crisis in the city of Marawi, on the southern island of Mindanao, where troops have been battling Islamist rebels since May 23 and martial law is in place. "Not even for a reason", he said.

In a text message to reporters, Presidential Spokesman Ernesto C. Abella said what transpired in Resorts World Manila last Friday is nothing more but a criminal act.

Firefighters discovered the bodies in the main gaming area, hours after the country's police chief had said the situation was under control. Police described him as an English-speaking man in his 40s, 6ft tall and armed with an assault rifle.

At 12:18 a.m., he went behind the cashiers' cage and shot and kicked his way into a room where chips were stored, taking about 113 million Philippine pesos ($2.3 million) worth of high-value black chips, casino and police officials said.

Security footage shows Carlos casually leaving a taxi and walking calmly into a vast entertainment and gambling complex like any other visitor, before carrying out one of the Philippine capital's deadliest attacks in years. Police say a gunman stormed the casin. The fighting killed more than 180 people and displaced almost 100,000. "It was painful for us not to see him", she said.

Resorts World Manila is owned by Travellers International Hotel Group Inc, a joint venture of the Philippines' Alliance Global Group Inc and Genting Hong Kong Ltd.

  • Zachary Reyes