Reports that the Islamic State (ISIS) is behind the June 2 attack at Resorts World Manila (RWM) which killed 38 persons are nothing however “fake news” to deflect the eye from the administration’s obtrusive negligence, former Arroyo-era press secretary Rigoberto Tiglao stated.
In his June 5 column for the Manila Times, Tiglao stated it was apparent that RWM dedicated a number of lapses that the theory that an ISIS sympathizer or jihadist was behind the attack was absurd.
He stated RWM’s failures had been paying homage to those who led to the Ozone Disco hearth in 1996 that led to the death of 162 folks.
“All this talk that it was an IS attack is a distraction from what seems to be obvious: It was to a great extent a repeat of the Ozone Disco tragedy in 1996. Because that disco had not enough sprinklers, had defective fire extinguishers, and an exit that swung inward, 162 mostly young people were killed by smoke asphyxiation.” he stated.
In RWM’s case, Tiglao stated probably the most obtrusive safety failure was the power of the gunman, Jessie Carlos, to enter the premises with an assault rifle and duffel luggage containing petroleum.
He stated the safety footage belies the declare of RWM chief safety officer Armeen Gomez that guards tried to cease Carlos from getting into the institution however had been “overpower[ed].”
“The CCTV footage showed the gunman bypassed the metal detector at the entrance. After walking with him asking him to go through the metal detector, the female security guard ran away terrified. What’s the use of a security at the entrances if armed men cannot be stopped there?” Tiglao requested.
He stated safety footage additionally places into query the assertion by chief working officer Stephen Reilly that the sprinklers labored instantly after the gunman set hearth to a number of on line casino tables.
“The CCTV footage showed no water or fire-extinguishing chemicals showering on the game room nor any other place in the casino complex,” Tiglao stated.
The former Cabinet official requested if the on line casino had been a “fire trap” since friends had been additionally unable to search out the emergency exits instantly.
“Didn’t it have proper exits with brightly lit signs? Could the hotel-casino have been really a fire-trap, with a layout that precluded an orderly swift evacuation in case of a fire, especially since, as Reilly claimed, there were 12,000 guests that tragic night?” he requested.
Tiglao additionally questioned why it took the safety staff over an hour to search out the gunman since safety footage confirmed he entered the constructing at 12:11 a.m.
The Manila Times columnist stated the ISIS declare could possibly be simply debunked by the evaluation of the safety footage: Carlos didn’t shoot anybody within the one-hour interval he needed to himself on the on line casino.
“If the gunman was a terrorist, he would have in that one hour shot everyone he saw, killing more than a hundred ‘infidels,’”‘ he stated.
Resorts World Manila is owned and operated by Travellers International Hotel Group Inc., a three way partnership between bilyonaryo Andrew Tan’s Alliance Global Inc. and Malaysia’s Genting Group.