Philippine National Police identified Jessie Carlos, the lone gunman in the Resorts World Manila attack.
MANILA – Jessie Carlos, 42 years old, quiet and a loner according to his neighbors. He was a resident of Sta. Cruz, Manila, and had a wife and three children.
He was a former tax specialist at the Department of Finance, but was removed from his job due to a complaint filed against him at the Office of the Ombudsman concerning an incorrect declaration of Statement of Assets and Liabilities (SALN).
He was a gambling addict who could not pay his P4-million debt and is separated from his wife.
In April, his addiction prompted his is relatives to ask the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) to ban him from entering any casinos.
These are the reasons cited by the police in relation to Carlos’ attack at Resorts World Manila, Friday midnight.
Tracking the taxi he took, the cops found Carlos’ family.
The relatives confirmed the identity of the suspect through the images and CCTV footage.
Aside from this, his parents identified Carlos’ corpse through the autopsy results.
The suspect’s parents asked for forgiveness to the victims of the attack especially those who died in the incident.
“Humihingi po kami ng patawad, sa nagawa po ng anak ko, hindi po namin gusto ang nangyari. We’re really sorry,” Fernando Carlos, the suspect’s father said. (We asked for forgiveness, to what my son did. We didn’t want this to happen.We’re really sorry.)
Carlos’ mother calls on parents to stop their children from getting involved in bad vices.
“Kung maaari po sana, awatin po ninyo ang anak ninyo. Kami po namimighati rin po, di rin po namin matanggap na ang anak po namin, nalulong ng husto hangga’t umabot sa ganitong pangyayari,” Teodora Carlos, the suspect’s mother said. (If you can, stop your child. We’re really full of sorrow. We could not accept that our son was totally addicted and it has led to this incident.)
The police considers the case closed after the suspect has been identified. It has also put a stop to speculations that the incident was a terror attack.
“I think this already dispels all the notions, all the speculations on terrorism,” NCRPO Police Director Oscar Albayalde said. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
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