June 4, 2017
I’m not even trying to call out the Philippine government, but I do think – just between me and you – that this official story is made-up in order to try and protect that very small tourist industry in the country.
I think this was a Moslem, I think the cops killed him, then I think they made up a story to cover it.
I mean, I don’t know that. But I do think it is more likely than the official “crazed gambler” story.
The lone suspect who launched a deadly attack on a casino and shopping complex in the Philippine capital that left dozens dead was a heavily indebted Filipino who was hooked on gambling, police said Sunday.
Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde said the man’s immediate family confirmed his identity as Jessie Carlos – a married father of three and former Finance Department employee who owed more than $80,000 dollars.
The revelations confirm that “this is not an act of terrorism,” Albayalde told a news conference. “This incident is confined to the act of one man alone as we have always said.”
Yes, “always said.”
They said it very early, when it was too soon to know.
Authorities have repeatedly dismissed a claim of responsibility by the Islamic State group for Friday’s attack on Resorts World Manila.
The suspect’s distraught mother, Teodora, wept during the news briefing and asked for forgiveness. “We’re asking for your apology. We can’t accept ourselves that my son became like this, he was a very kind son,” she said. “He chose to end his life than kill and kill people.”
“The message of what happened to my son is people should not get hooked on gambling so their families won’t get destroyed,” she said.
The Philippines has faced Muslim insurgencies for decades, though much of the violence has occurred in the troubled south, where ongoing battles with Islamic militants are taking place in the southern city of Marawi.
Albayalde said the man had sold off property to support his gambling habit of at least several years, including a vehicle. His family had grown so concerned they had asked casinos in the capital to ban their husband since April 3.
The news came after authorities released security footage showing Carlos casually exiting a taxi just after midnight and walking calmly into a vast entertainment and gambling complex like any other visitor. Shortly afterward, he dons a black ski mask, slips on an ammunition vest and pulls an M4 carbine assault rifle out of his backpack.
What follows borders on the surreal: a slow-motion arson attack and robbery so methodical and unhurried, the gunman appears to walk much of the way – even as he exchanges fire with a security guard and flees, slightly wounded, up a stairwell.
At least 37 patrons and employees died, mostly from smoke inhalation as they tried to hide on the second floor, including one the casino’s VIP rooms, Albayalde said. The gunman fled to an adjoining hotel, where police say he killed himself.
The video footage shown to reporters Saturday appears to bolster the government’s case that this was a botched robbery by a lone attacker with no known link to terrorism. Police said that’s exactly why they wanted to release it.
In his first remarks on the assault, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday that the attacker was simply “crazy.” He questioned what the gunman was going to do with the $2 million horde of poker chips he had tried to haul away. He also discounted any links to the Islamic State group, saying this “is not the work of ISIS. The work of the ISIS is more cruel and brutal.”
The fact it took Duterte so long to make a statement also speaks to the official story being questionable.
But yeah, I mean.
Definitely a weird coincidence though.
This would have to be one of the weirdest non-terrorist terrorist-like events I’ve ever heard of. But the fact that he didn’t actually shoot any civilians does speak to it maybe being real.
Very, very strange timing.