Friday, June 2, 2017

Resorts World Manila Tragedy Leaves Several Dead and Injured

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"This is a sad day for Resorts World Manila. At approximately 12 midnight on June 2, 2017, a lone gunman barged into Resorts World Manila firing shots and setting gaming tables on fire. The Company’s security, together with police authorities, launched a hot pursuit and at around 7 a.m. this morning, the gunman was found dead. He had taken his own life by setting himself on fire followed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound."
Apparently, the death of 35 people (38 reported as of this moment) at Resorts World Manila was because of panic and confusion, and not from the hands of the still unknown man believed to be a foreigner who is one of the casino's frequent customer (based from eyewitness accounts).

Several statements reveal that some people jump from three levels high, while other suffocated from the smoke after some casino tables were set ablaze.

There seems to be a lack of dependable security at this casino. Security should have been trained enough to prevent the entry of the lone gunman in the first place. ...and should have been able to secure the place and escort the customers to safety, even before the perpetrator got to do so much damage or caused fear among the customers.

I am appalled by this incident especially when you learn that many died for what it seems like a senseless crime....or are there more stories behind this that are yet to unfold?

I've been to the place countless times and I could say I am lucky I was not there when the incident happened, but my prayers goes to the victims who will forever be unable to tell their side of the story.

The foreign looking gunman had a baby armalite. He set fire some gambling tables and took a backpack full of gambling chips with him. However, it was reported that he burned himself inside one of the rooms, and not killed by police contrary to Bato's claim he was killed by cops.

The Southern Police District says the suspect was charred to death by his own hands when It is with deep sadness that in addition to the 54 injured, there are 38 reported casualties from this tragic incident. Majority were from customers, while the rest are employees of the casino. The husband of actress Azenith Briones was one of the 38 people found dead.

Resorts World Manila chief operating officer Stephen Reilly gave a statement after a reported gunfire.

As of 3:00 pm., June 2, 2017

It is with deep regrets that we confirm that there were 35 casualties in this tragic incident, of which 13 are employees and 22 are guests. The identities of two employees and four guests are still being validated as of this time.

We are doing our very best to inform the families of the victims. We are extending all forms of assistance to the affected next of kin. We are one in mourning with the families of those affected by this tragedy.

This is also a very difficult time for all of us here in Resorts World Manila. We consider our guests, patrons and our employees as our family.

My colleague, Gina Alvarez, will read the names of the confirmed fatalities:

1 Hazel Yangco Veronica
2 Jellah Ramos
3 Melvin Herrera
4 Arvi Gavino
5 BJ Pagsibigan
6 Rojie S Uy Veronica
7 Jessica Alindogan
8 Merylle Gwen Ala
9 Lea Grace Mozo
10 Loudette Santos
11 Kay Nuguerra
And 2 are still being identified

1 Caccam Katherine Cervantes
2 P Ling Hung Lee
3 Pacita Guillermo Comquilla
4 Pomenciano Vargas Jr.
5 Susan Abulencia
6 Lai Wei Chung
7 Jaime Gaboy Jr.
8 Ariel Abrogar Veronica
9 Lai Yu Cheeh Veronica
10 Cliff Reyneira
11 Rolando Pena Sison Rizal
12 Eluterio Reyes
13 Antonina Yuzon Allanigue
14 Sheila Malicse
15 Carmelita Taylo Delacruz Rizal
16 Mielle Oliveros
17 Pamela Silvestre
18 Elizabeth Gonzales Veronica
And 4 are still being identified

Testimonies of responding members of Resorts World Manila’s security team confirm that they were able to shoot and wound the gunman that attacked Resorts World Manila in the early hours of June 02, 2017. Severe blood loss from the gunshot wound significantly slowed the assailant down and resulted to his holing up in a room where he took his own life.

We would like to extend our gratitude to our security team, particularly Mr. Bernard Cajigas, who also sustained a gunshot wound, and Mr. Petronio Kinol, Jr. We also commend the Philippine National Police and the Bureau of Fire Protection for their courage and efforts to contain the incident.

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to refute claims circulating online that there were two assailants involved in the incident. We reiterate that there was only one gunman involved in this senseless attack.
On behalf of the victims’ families and loved ones, we request everyone to refrain from spreading hurtful speculation and false information.
"Offering our prayers and deepest sympathies to the families of the victims of the Resorts World Manila attack. May our Lord bless them and provide them with strength and comfort in this time of grief. Let us remain calm, stay informed, and always be mindful of our safety and those of our loved ones. God bless our people and nation." - Pia Cayetano

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