- Title: Philippine police shows CCTV of gunman attacking casino resort
- Date: 3rd June 2017
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF OF THE MANILA POLICE, OSCAR ALBAYALDE, SAYING: "As you all saw, he went inside the casino, he went inside the storage room, he stole 113 million (pesos) worth of chips and on his way out he was encountered by the responding security team from the internal security of Resorts World and of course from the Philippine National Police." JOURNALIST ASKING QUESTIONS (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF OF THE MANILA POLICE, OSCAR ALBAYALDE, SAYING: "With all the ammunition he could have killed hundreds of people inside that establishment. But he did not shoot anybody, he did not hurt anybody, he just burned the casino. It could probably, burning the casino, it would be a diversionary tactics for his escape." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (English/Filipino) CHIEF OF THE MANILA POLICE, OSCAR ALBAYALDE, SAYING: "As per the interview from the taxi driver, he was speaking in Tagalog, and he was speaking Tagalog fluently. Most probably, what they were saying inside the hotel that he was speaking in English, he could have probably just been speaking in English inside the casino." PEOPLE GATHERED IN FRONT OF HOTEL ENTRANCE HOTEL EMPLOYEES LIGHTING CANDLE AT MEMORIAL CANDLE BEING LIT MEMORIAL WITH FLOWERS AND PHOTOS OF VICTIMS HOTEL EMPLOYEE CROUCHING IN FRONT OF MEMORIAL EXTERIOR OF HOTEL
- Embargoed: 17th June 2017 14:43
- Keywords: Oscar Albayalde terrorism crime hotel Resorts World casino fire gunman police
- Location: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- City: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- Country: Philippines
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Crime
- Reuters ID: LVA0036JQ42MD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Philippine authorities on Saturday (June 3) showed CCTV footage of the gunman who attacked and set fire to a casino resort in the Philippine capital.
Police showed the footage to journalists which depicted a man in black clothing entering the hotel and ensuing panic with the guests, torching gaming tables, forcing his way inside a storage room to ransack boxes containing casino chips and assaulting security forces.
Philippine National Police National Capital Region chief Oscar Albayalde said investigation was ongoing, but downplayed that the crime was an act of terrorism based on the footage they received. He also mentioned the gunman was speaking in a local language when he was speaking to a taxi driver before entering the hotel.
At least 36 people were killed on Friday (June 2) after the gunman burst into the casino of Resorts World Manila. The gunman had later committed suicide by lighting himself on fire.
Early on Saturday, hotel employees lit candles and prayed in front of the hotel entrance where a memorial was erected for the victims of the assault.
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