MANILA - A former government employee who set fire to gaming tables and tried to steal millions of pesos in casino chips at Resorts World Manila last June 2 was thrown out of the casino a little over a month before the attack, the country’s chief gaming regulator said Thursday.
Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (PAGCOR) Chairman Andrea Domingo said on March 30, just three days after he was banned from all casinos, Jessie Javier Carlos tried to play at Resorts World only to be pulled out by security personnel.
"He was in the casino at Resorts World trying to play on the tables. The casino host recognized him so they had to accost him and they told him to get out," Domingo told ANC on Thursday.
"They really took him out and didn't allow him to play. Maybe that's the incident that triggered... Well part of the things that triggered him," she added, saying Carlos also lost several forfeiture cases before the attack.
PAGCOR banned Carlos from playing in all casinos on March 27 after a request from the family, citing his gambling addiction.
Armed with a rifle and a smaller gun, Carlos went inside the Resorts World Manila last June 2, torching casino tables and causing panic that resulted to 37 death of civilians.
The gunman, police said, also took his life inside a hotel room at Resorts World Manila almost 6 hours after the attack started.