Footage from closed-circuit television cameras showed how the lone gunman managed to wreak havoc at the Resorts World Manila in Pasay City past Friday midnight.
Armeen Gomez, chief security officer of Resorts World Manila, narrated the series of events as follows:
12:07 a.m. - The gunman was dropped off by a taxi. He was dressed in an hoodie and pants and brought a backpack. A firearm was not visible in plain sight. He rode the elevator with other guests, alighted on the second floor, and proceeded to the parking area.
12:11 a.m. - The gunman bypassed a metal detector. Security personnel attempted to stop him, but the assailant managed to overpower the security.
Security called the Philippine National Police after the gunman fired his first shot, and continued to pursue the assailant.
The management started evacuating 12,154 guests and employees from the New Port entertainment complex.
"It was initially perceived as terrorist attack as people started shouting 'ISIS! ISIS!'" Gomez said in a press briefing.
12:12 a.m. - The gunman proceeded to torch three gaming tables in the VIP section, and proceeded to the gaming salon to set on fire another table.
He then headed to Bar 180 where he fired several shots and set the dining area ablaze.
The gunman proceeded to the area of the slot machines and lit up several machines.
12:18 a.m. - The gunman forcibly entered the chip bank room and took P113 million worth of high denomination chips.
12:20 a.m. - The main force of the PNP arrived at the entertainment complex.
1:10 a.m. - The gunman proceeded to the basement area where he first exchanged fire with the casinos' security team.
Security personnel were able to shoot and wound gunman the gunman.
1:43 a.m. - The gunman managed to make his way to the 5th floor corridor.
1:46 a.m. - The assailant forcibly entered a hotel room and burned linen along the hallway.
The gunman locked himself up in a room, which he set on fire before inflicting on himself a fatal gunshot wound.
According to Director Oscar Albayalde of the National Capital Region Police Office, the gunman used an M4 rifle and seemed to put the gun into his mouth. The bullet exited at the back of his head.
Police officials continued to dispute that the incident was a terrorist attack.
"If he was really a terrorist with all his ammunition, he would have shot everybody there . . . Until we get any indications that he is a members of a terror group, we cannot say that he is part of a terror attack," Albayalde said.
The casino management also refuted claims that there was more than one assailant.
"We received info from guests that there were two gunmen but upon verification we established that there was only a lone gunman," Gomez said.
In a separate statement, presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella labelled the incident that left at least 37 people dead and scores injured as "an isolated case."