Malacanang allayed fears on Friday (June 2, 2017) that the attack on the Resorts World Manila was a terror attack.
Presidential spokesman Undersecretary Ernesto Abella joined National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) head Director Oscar Albayalde and Armed Forces spokesman Gen. Resituto Padilla in a press convention to offer the general public a greater understanding of the incident at Resorts World and the developments within the operations in Marawi City.
Abella cited preliminary findings of police investigation of the Resorts World incident which confirmed “that there are no indications of terrorist activity.”
“All indications point to a criminal act by an apparently emotionally disturbed individual. Although the perpetrator gave warning shots, there apparently was no indication that he wanted to harm or shoot anyone,” he stated.
“The (36) deceased all died due to suffocation at the second floor gaming area, which had been set on fire by the perpetrator who eventually committed suicide in the fifth floor of the Maxims Hotel where he set himself on fire and then shot himself,” Abella stated.
Albayalde stated the suspect was a loopy man, who merely wished to get again the cash he misplaced as a consequence of extreme playing.
Padilla stated the army is leaving it to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to deal with the incident which authorities described as “criminal in nature.”