Duterte confirms IS not behind casino attack

The gunman who killed 37 people in the Resorts World Manila casino has been identified as 42-year-old Jessie Carlos Javier, a former tax specialist at the Philippine Department of Finance.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group initially carried two statements claiming responsibility for the attack, but they contained discrepancies. Militants allied with Islamic State have been fighting Philippine troops in the country's south for almost two weeks, leaving more than 100 people dead.

Albayalde said that Carlos had sold off property to support his gambling habit of at least several years, including a vehicle.

"We're asking for your apology", said the mother, according to the Associated Press.

"He is heavily indebted due to being hooked to casino gambling".

They originally said he arrived at the hotel in a auto, but changed that to a cab, and they had described him as Caucasian and English-speaking but the cab driver told them he spoke in the local language. Police only caught up to him once he had taken his own life.

He said terrorism was unlikely because the gunman didn't shoot anybody. The gunman headed straight for a storage room in the back of the casino that contained poker chips.

He was working at the Department of Finance stationed at the One Stop Shop.


Carlos' father Fernando confirmed his son was in financial trouble but that Carlos was not mentally ill. He owed more than $80,000, Albayalde said. "(He was) all dressed in black, burly, everything was covered, you can't even see his eyes", said Arguelles, who was about 9 meters (30 feet) from the gunman. "It's like being addicted to drugs". More than 70 others were injured as 1,200 customers and employees fled the hotel in panic.

Amreen Gomez, a security officer at Resorts World Manila, said witnesses interviewed had testified to seeing multiple assailants.

At 12:12 a.m., footage showed the attacker entering another part of the casino and torching three gaming tables. He then begins dousing gambling tables and slot machines, igniting each with a lighter. He stashed 113 million pesos worth of chips into his backpack.

At one point he fired at security guards when they confronted him, but missed. Shots were exchanged and the gunman was wounded.

Carlos committed suicide by setting himself ablaze and shooting himself in the head in one of the hotel rooms.

Mr. Carlos burned linen in the corridor. Recently, he was banned from entering all casinos at the request of his wife, Southern Police District Chief Tomas Apolinario Jr. said.

Duterte declared martial law in the south of the Philippines on May 23 in a bid to quash the rising IS threat, and said he was prepared to impose military rule nationwide if terrorism spread.

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