The Philippine National Police (PNP) revealed the identity of the lone gunman of the attack at the Resorts World Manila in Pasay City that killed 38 individuals, including the gunman himself, early on Friday.
The identification of the gunman put to a close speculations that the attack was a terrorist act.
In a press conference at the Remington Hotel at New Port City, Pasay City on Sunday, July 4, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Oscar Albayalde identified the gunman as Jessie Carlos, Filipino, 43, separated and a former employee of the Department of Finance (DOF).
He is married to Jen Carlos. They have three children — one son and two daughters.
The suspect’s last known address is at 1663 Felix Huertas St. corner San Lazaro, Barangay 339, Zone 34, Sta. Cruz, Manila.
Carlos was dismissed from the service for issues on misdeclaration and non-disclosure of his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN).
Albayalde added that “at 5:30 a.m. this morning (Sunday), members of his family arrived and sat down with our SITG (Special Investigation Task Group) investigators, after thorough review of details, photos, CCTV (closed-circuit television) footages, the family confirmed the identity of the perpetrator.”
According to his immediate family, his being hooked in casino gambling made him heavily indebted.
This became the cause of a misunderstanding between him, his wife and parents.
His bank account’s outstanding debt of PHP4 million and several other non-bank related debts prompted him to sell his Ford Ranger.
During the press conference, the gunman’s parents, Fernando Carlos and Teodora Carlos expressed their deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the victims and to the public in general.
“Today, we hope to have brought closure and peace to the bereaved families,” Albayalde said.
According to Albayalde, the wife of the gunman remained silent during the press conference as she was “depressed” while thinking about their three children aged, 17, 13, and 8.
Jessie’s wife also did not finish the press conference and hurriedly left the place.
“We also reiterate our prior statements that this is not an act of terrorism but this incident is confined to the act of one man alone as we have always said,” Albayalde said.
“We have and will continue to base our pronouncements on facts and evidence properly gathered,” he added.
“We will not allow people or any threat group to use this situation to advance their propaganda or personal causes whether foreign or local. This is our duty to the Filipino people and to the international community,” Albayalde said.
Albayalde added that the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), on April 3, 2017, barred Jessie Carlos from all casinos, including the Resorts World.
Likewise, the NCRPO chief urged the public not to spread false speculations connecting the incident to terroristic act.
“We ask for people to stop spreading false speculations linking this act to terrorism. Again, as we always maintained, this not an act of terrorism! Help us build peace here in our region by spreading only the truth,” Albayalde said.
“Moving forward, we will continue to investigate, we ensure to the families that we shall spare no one of any lapses committed during the incident,” he added. (Perfecto T. Raymundo/PNA)