The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has suspended the license at Resorts World Manila while it undergoes a probe into the safety measures that may have led to the atrocious casino attack on June 2 which left 38 dead. The facility had self-imposed a closure until June 15 but will now remain shut until the investigation ends.
In a statement released Friday, PAGCOR cited security lapses that led to a gunman, identified as 43-year-old Jessie Carlos, gaining access to the main casino where he should have gone through metal detectors and been searched, as well as had previously been banned from casinos. The problem gambler set light to casino tables, engulfing the facility with smoke that lead to the deaths, before killing himself.
“From our assessment, there was really a lack of security in the entrance and parking lots in Resorts World Manila,” noted PAGCOR Chair Andrea Domingo. “There was a lack of properly equipped security personnel, and this can be seen from their video that we saw – I am requiring Resorts World to submit to us all footages to be part of our investigation.”
The probe by PAGCOR is one of six being carried out in the matter and the government-run gaming regulator is also being questioned over its power as the sole authority to grant licenses to casinos in the Philippines. Other investigations are being undertaken by bodies including the Philippine National Police southern district, Bureau of Fire Protection and the Pasay City government. The incident has been widely dismissed as an act of terrorism.
“The death of so many was actually the unintended consequence of the action and he did not plan it to be that way,” added Armed Forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla. “It was clear in the video that he did not kill those he met along the way. He did not shoot them. He did not threaten anyone except the security forces he encountered.”