Police officials on Sunday disclosed that the gunman who attacked Resorts World Manila was a former government employee who was deep in debt due to gambling.
Relatives identified Jessie Carlos 42, as the rifle-wielding man who casually walked into the posh casino on Friday and started a series of events that led to his death and that of 37 others, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde said.
ABS-CBN News reported that Carlos was a former employee of the Department of Finance’s One Stop Shop. He was dismissed from the DFA for misdeclaration and non-disclosure in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth.
The suspect was also heavily in debt, Albayalde said.
“Highroller siya, his minimum bet is usually P40,000 kaya siya nalulong nang nalulong sa sugal,” Albayalde said in a press conference.
“He has a bank account with an outstanding debt of P4 million, and several other non-bank related debt,” he added.
Carlos’ debt caused a rift in his relationship with his wife and parents, and also forced him to sell his sports utility vehicle and real estate property in the province.
Last April, he was barred by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation from all casinos, including Resorts World, at the request of his relatives, Albayalde said.
“This could have probably triggered him kaya galit na galit siya sa (and that is why he was enraged with) casino,” the official added.
Albayalde also presented CCTV footage of Carlos buying 3 liters of gasoline before boarding a taxi on his way to Resorts World.
Carlos, dressed in black and armed with an M14 assault rifle, had walked casually into Resorts World a few minutes past 12 a.m. Friday.
Clips from the casino CCTV, which police and officials at Resorts World released on Saturday, showed Carlos firing shots at the ceiling and setting gaming tables and slot machines ablaze.
FAMILY CONDOLES WITH VICTIMS
Carlos’ wife and parents appeared during Sunday’s press conference and condoled with the families of the fatalities.
“They express their deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the victims and to the public in general. They share the pain brought about by the act of Jessie,” Albayalde said.
“Today, we hope to have brought closure and peace to the bereaved families. We mourn with you.”
The police also presented to the media the gasoline boy who sold to the suspect the 3 liters of gasoline used in burning parts of the hotel-casino, as well as the taxi driver who drove Carlos there.
Albayalde also reiterated that the incident was not a terrorist attack but rather the act of one man.