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Philippine police questioning driver in casino attack probe

13 Juin 2017

"He is heavily indebted due to being hooked to casino gambling".

"The incident in the Resorts World Manila is, thus, an isolated case, which does not constitute rebellion or invasion, which are the grounds for the declaration of martial law, as prescribed by the Constitution and which the President is sworn to abide by and protect when he took his oath of office", Abella said.

Alidogan reported that the management of the hotel also faced questions of responsibly during the news conference.

But police were emphatic that there were no links to terrorism in Friday's attack.

Authorities have yet to identify the gunman, but Islamic State claimed in an online statement that the assailant was a jihadist known as Abu al-Kheir of the Archipelago, suggesting that he was from the Philippines.

The Strait Times reported that Albayalde said Carlos' family said he had been hooked on gambling and was in debt by at least four million pesos, the USA equivalent of $111,897. As if knowing exactly where to go, the CCTV footage shows Carlos opening the right doors.

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 security forces and flees, slightly wounded, up a stairwell. People were breaking windows in order to escape the smoke, but 37 people did not make it out alive.

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Smoke inhalation was blamed for the deaths.

Funerals were held for some of the 36 victims of Thursday's Manila casino attack.

Police said the "apparently mentally disturbed" attacker, who engaged hotel security men and cops in a gunfight, locked himself in Room 510 where he wrapped himself in a blanket wet with petrol and set himself on fire before shooting his head.

Investigators discovered the identity of the Resorts World Manila gunman by tracing Carlos' taxi ride back to a suburb. They also have the testimony of the taxi driver who drove the suspect, to find clues to the gunman's identity. This incident is confined to the act of one man alone, as we have always said. "We can't accept ourselves that my son became like this, he was a very kind son", she said.

He was a kind man led astray by gambling, and "he chose to end his life rather than. kill people".

"I think what happened to my son shows everyone not to get into gambling so that their families will not be ruined". He was buried in debt, and even sold his Ford Ranger due to his financial problems, according to his parents and estranged wife who were presented during the press conference presided by Albayalde. Carlos' family had grown so concerned they had asked casinos to ban him from playing since April 3. He owed more than $80,000, Albayalde said. Philippine officials reject the ISIS connection and have stated it was not an act of terrorism.

Philippine police questioning driver in casino attack probe