Friday, June 2, 2017

ISIS Claims Resorts World Manila Not Terrorist Attack


2 June 2017, ISIS Claims Resorts World Manila Not Terrorist Attack  37 people were killed and dozens injured at the Resorts World Manila complex in Pasay, Philippines when a gunman believed to be a Caucasian English-speaker set fire to casino tables and caused a stampede during the midnight hours.[2] The gunman moved to a storage area to steal casino chips from the venue, but it may have been to establish a robbery cover story as he committed suicide by self-immolating.[3] While initial suspicions on news and media strongly pointed towards a terrorist attack and ISIS has claimed responsibility,  however, police , Director General of the Philippine National Police Ronald dela Rosa clarified a few hours after the assault that the motive was likely robbery.[4]

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Perpetrator, Jessie Javier Carlos .... Carlos eventually developed an addiction to gambling at casinos in an attempt to repay his debt from cockfighting, and was ...

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  1. Jessie Carlos was Catholic married father of three, was fired from government job at  Finance Department employee who was addicted to gambling and owed more than $80,000. Police believe he was angry at casinos and trigged because his family asked casinos to ban him to curb his gambling addiction. Police say this debunks ISIS claims and "confirm that this is not an act of terrorism". However, it could still be a clandestine terrorist attack staged as a workplace violence attack. Police say it is botched robbery by a lone attacker with no known link to terrorism  Carlos starting fires in the casino and stealing over $2 million in gambling chips. Almost all of the 37 people killed in the incident died from smoke inhalation as a result of the fire. Carlos took his own life via self-immolation, which delayed the police investigation into the incident.
     
    1. Philippine police: Casino attacker Jessie Carlos was gambling addict ... www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/...gambling...terrorist/9421496581160/- Philippine police: Casino attacker was gambling addict, not terrorist ... Office Director Oscar Albayalde shows an image of Jessie Javier Carlos, ...
    2. Philippine police: Casino attacker was indebted gambler | Philippines ... www.aljazeera.com/.../philippine-police-casino-attacker-indebted-gambler-17060404...Jessie Javier Carlos was behind the attacked on the Resorts World Manila ... on Sunday, reiterating the attack was not "an act of terrorism".
    3. Jessie Carlos: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know - Heavy.com heavy.com/.../jessie-carlos-manila-casino-attack-suspect-photo-jesse-philippines-resort...Jessie Carlos has been identified as the suspect in the Manila casino attack in ... by money problems and a gambling addiction, not terrorism.
    4. Philippine police say casino attacker was indebted gambler - ABC News abcnews.go.com/.../philippine-police-casino-attacker-indebted-gambler-478190164 days ago - The man's immediate family confirmed his identity as Jessie Carlos — a ... The revelations confirm that "this is not an act of terrorism," Manila ...
    5. Manila Casino Attacker Was a Gambling Addict, the Philippine Police ... https://www.nytimes.com/.../philippines-casino-resorts-world-manila-jessie-carlos.html Attack in Manila: Terrorism or Robbery? ... The man, identified as Jessie Carlos, 42, was a Filipino, a father of three and a former employee of ...
    6. Philippines Says Casino Attacker Was High-Rolling Gambling Addict ...
    7. https://www.wsj.com/.../philippines-says-casino-attacker-was-high-rolling-gambling-addi...4 days ago - Philippines Says Casino Attacker Was High-Rolling Gambling Addict, Not a Terrorist. Jessie Carlos was a Filipino who was in debt and recently ...
    8. Philippine police say casino attacker was indebted gambler and ..https://www.theguardian.com  Philippine police say casino attacker was indebted gambler and former public servant ... identity as Jessie Javier Carlos, a 42-year old Filipino, a former employee of ... a botched robbery by a lone attacker with no known link to terrorism. ... The Philippines has faced Muslim insurgencies for decades, though ...
    9. Manila casino attacker was gambling addict, not ISIS terrorist – police ... https://www.rt.com/news/390860-manila-casino-attacker-gambler-police/ Philippines police on Sunday revealed that the Resorts World Manila attacker was 42-year-old father-of-three Jessie Javier Carlos, a Catholic man with a gambling addiction and no connection to terrorism. "He was barred by Pagcor (the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) from all casinos because of the request of next of kin. This could have probably triggered him. That's why he was so mad at casinos," police spokesman Oscar Albayalde told a news conference, as cited by AFP. “As we always maintained, this was not an act of terrorism,” he added. Philippines Department of Finance, recently lost his job and was a heavy gambler, according to police and relatives, as reported by the New York Times.  Albayalde said that Carlos had lost his job for withholding financial information from his employers and had accrued $80,000 in debt.
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June 2, 2017 

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CBS News · MANILA, Philippines-- Relatives rushed to funeral homes on Friday to see the remains of their loved ones after a gunman stormed a crowded Manila …

 ISIS claims Manila casino attack despite police denial CNN (CNN)ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack Friday at a casino in the Philippine capital that left 37 people dead; however, police …

Resorts World Manila attack: Suspect found dead, no ‘concrete evidence’ of terrorism, police say
FOX News A masked gunman stormed a hotel-casino complex in the Philippine ... on the fifth floor of the Resorts World Manila complex. Police are still searching the suspect's car, …

Resorts World Manila casino under terrorist attack / now a suspected robbery ...  https://calvinayre.com  Jun 01, 2017 · Philippine media reports say Travellers International's Resorts World Manila casino is under attack by ... Resorts World Manila casino under terrorist ... UPDATE: ISIS has claimed responsibility for the “lone wolf soldiers” who carried out the attack, but a Philippine National Police official said it was too early to connect the attack with terrorism and police hadn’t ruled out robbery as a motive for the attack.

PNP chief director general Ronald dela Rosa now says CCTV footage from inside the casino shows a “foreign-looking” Caucasian individual who they suspect is a robber. This suspect didn’t fire his weapon at any casino guests and “went straight to the casino chips storage room” after entering the premises. The suspect remains at large, but police have recovered a bag the suspect had filled with casino chips.


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Manila - Fears of a terrorist attack at Resorts World Manila
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Philippines Resort World: Trump Calls It a Terror Attack ...
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“But is really pretty sad what is going on throughout the world with terror. ... to rob gamblers at the resort in ... that casino attack is terrorism and no ...President Trump Called the Philippines Violence a Terror Attack. Local Police Say Otherwise
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Jun 01, 2017
President Donald Trump on Thursday called the violence in the Philippines a “terror attack” shortly before police there said the shooting incident at a casino complex was likely the result of a robbery attempt.
The President’s comments came before his announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. “We are closely monitoring the situation,” Trump said in the White House Rose Garden. “But is really pretty sad what is going on throughout the world with terror. Our thoughts and our prayers are with all of those affected.”

Ronald dela Rosa Explained Incident at Resort World Manila ...
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Ronald dela Rosa Explained Incident at Resort World Manila if ISIS Terrorist Attack or Not Philippine ... He parked at the second floor and barged into the casino, ...

2017 Resorts World Manila attack - Wikipedia
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2017 Resorts World Manila attack

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2017 Resorts World Manila attack
Resorts World Manila.JPG
Resorts World Manila, November 2012
LocationResorts World Manila complex, PasayPhilippines
CoordinatesCoordinates14.51881°N 121.01994°E
Date2 June 2017
approximately 12 a.m. local time
TargetResorts World Manila
Attack type
Arsonshooting
Deaths38 (including the perpetrator)
Non-fatal injuries
70[1]
PerpetratorsUnknown
On 2 June 2017, dozens of people at the Resorts World Manila complex in PasayPhilippines, were killed or injured when a gunman set fire to casino tables and caused a stampede during the midnight hours.[2] The gunman moved to a storage area to steal casino chips from the venue, but later committed suicide by self-immolating.[3] While initial suspicions on news and media strongly pointed towards a terrorist attack, Director General of the Philippine National Police Ronald dela Rosa clarified a few hours after the assault that the motive was likely robbery.[4]

Attack[edit]

A few minutes after midnight of 2 June 2017, a gunman smuggled petroleum fuel and a rifle into the Resorts World Manila casino's second floor for high rollers. The gunman used fuel to burn casino tables, and fired at televisions on the wall.[3] The fire caused a mass panic, and the evacuation caused a stampede. The gunshots caused reports of an active shooter in the restaurant below the second floor casino.[5] By 1:30, a Philippine SWAT team had responded in a raid of the mall.[6] The gunman took gambling chips worth 113 million pesos (US$2.3 million), which were found in his bag.[7]
The gunman did not shoot anybody, but 37 people were reported to have died of smoke inhalation from the fire, including Elizabeth Panlilio Gonzales, wife of Pampanga Rep. Aurelio D. Gonzales, Jr., 54 were reported injured, and a security guard accidentally shot himself in panic.[8][9] More than 20 of the dead were resort guests, and 13 were staff.[10][11]
The body of the gunman was found hours later. Dela Rosa stated that he did not aim his assault rifle at anyone. Fire, accumulating smoke and gunshots prompted thousands of shoppers, guests, and gamblers to rush for the exits. Despite no one being directly targeted by gunfire, the burning casino tables produced toxic smoke that caused at least 36 reported deaths from smoke inhalation as fumes overcame the crowd.[12] Southern Police District Director Superintendent Tomas Apolinario stated that most of the victims were women found dead inside the building's bathroom. All of the bodies were found inside the casino area.[13] He had been shot and injured by the security staff before committing suicide through self-immolation in a hotel room, with his body burnt beyond recognition.[1]

Investigation[edit]

Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa stated that the attack may have been a robbery and was not terrorism-related. He also refuted eyewitnesses' initial claims that the attack might be linked to any Daesh-related action, which caused many hotel employees and guests to run out of the resort complex in panic. He also added that there was only a single shooter, contradicting prior eyewitnesses' statements that there were two gunmen, and that the motive was to steal chips from the casino area of the resort complex, set the casino room ablaze and create havoc among all the employees and guests in the hotel by indiscriminate shooting.[14]According to Dela Rosa, the burning tables produced poisonous smoke that killed at least 36 people, and many others were injured by the smoke and stampede but no one was injured by gunfire. The arsonist melted into the crowd and meandered throughout the complex before eventually isolating himself in a hotel room where, according to Director General Dela Rosa: "He lay down on the bed, covered himself with a thick blanket, apparently poured petrol on the blanket and burned himself."[15] The Philippine National Police is probing any possible security lapses that may have allowed the gunman to enter the premises.[16] Albayalde stated the police believe the lone assailant might have been a Caucasian and an English-speaker.[10]
The attack, occurring concurrently with the Marawi crisis, targeted an area popular with Western and American tourists. SITE Intelligence Group reported that a Filipino operative linked to ISIS claimed on Telegram that "lone wolf soldiers" connected to the group were behind it.[7] The gunman reportedly wore a mask, and did not utter any words or battle cries before beginning the assault. People hearing the initial shots immediately fled from the first and second floors of the building, but with some retreating deeper into the building for cover.[17] A day later, the Amaq News Agency claimed the attack was carried out by ISIS fighters. The group's east Asia division referred to only one attacker named Abou al-Kheir al-Arkhebieli. In a follow-up investigation the Manila police rejected the claims that multiple attackers were involved in addition to ruling out that it was linked to terrorism.[18]

Reactions[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Malacañang Palace, through a statement from presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella, expressed its condolences to the families and friends of the victims. Malacañang reiterated the importance of President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign against criminality as a "centerpiece program" of the administration.[19]
Members of the Philippine Congress expressed sadness over the attack. Muntinlupa representative Ruffy Biazon and Senator Joel Villanueva urged the public to remain calm in order to avoid spreading fear and escalating the incident into an issue of national security. Magdalo representative Gary Alejano labeled the incident as "isolated". Gabriela Women's Party representative Emmi de Jesus expressed hope that the incident would not prompt the extension and expansion of martial law, which had already been declared in Mindanao following the Marawi crisis. Senators Win Gatchalian and Grace Poe urged establishments, particularly tourism facilities, to tighten security.[20] Senator Panfilo Lacson, a former director-general of the Philippine National Police, urged the police to prevent speculation from interfering in their investigation.[21] Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III raised questions to the management and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation regarding the security arrangements and concern for safety in casino hotels, while Senator Francis Pangilinan also raised similar questions.[22]
The National Economic and Development Authority assured that the fundamentals of the Philippine economy would not change due to the incident, which director-general Ernesto Pernia described as an "isolated criminal case of robbery."[23]
A number of local celebrities offered their prayers to the victims of the attack.[24]

International[edit]

Travellers International Hotel Group, the operator of Resorts World Manila, condemned the attack as a "cowardly act of a deranged mind."[25]
The embassies of Australia, United Kingdom, and the United States issued travel advisories to their citizens, informing them to avoid the area and to follow the advice of local authorities.[26]
United States President Donald Trump expressed sadness over the incident, which he labeled as a terrorist attack, and added that U.S. officials "were closely monitoring the situation."[27] U.S. First Lady Melania Trumptweeted: "My thoughts & prayers go out to the people in #Manila, #Philippines."[28] U.S. Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo from Guam condemned the attack and offered assistance to constituents on Guam attempting to contact family members at the resort.[29]

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