MANILA – The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has identified the lone attacker of the Resorts World Manila hotel-casino last Friday and he is a Filipino national.
In a press conference yesterday, NCRPO director Chief Superintendent Oscar Albayalde named the gunman as Jessie Javier Carlos, 42, a former employee of the Department of Finance.
According to the NCRPO chief, Carlos was buried in debt.
The Resorts World Manila gunman was earlier described by police officials as a foreigner, Caucasian-looking, six feet tall and spoke English.
Carlos’s identity was determined after authorities spoke to immediate his family who confirmed that Jessie was the Resorts World Manila gunman based on CCTV footage and photos.
Police said Carlos was terminated from his job after non-declaration and misdeclaration of his statement of assets, liabilities and net work (SALN), an annual declaration required of those working in government.
Albayalde revealed that Carlos had a bank account with an outstanding debt of four million pesos and other non-bank related debts.
This was confirmed by Carlos’s family who said Jessie was buried in debt and even sold his Ford Ranger vehicle because of his financial problems.
Jessie and his wife, Jen, separated due to his gambling habits. They have three children.
The Carlos family was present in the press conference and expressed their sympathies to the victims and families of the fatalities in the Resorts World Manila attack.
Carlos went on a rampage last Friday at the hotel, setting the gambling tables and carpets on fire and stealing 113 million pesos worth of casino chips. He then burned himself and shot himself as well in a room at the fifth floor of the hotel-casino. GAC/Expat Media
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