MANILA – The Philippine gaming agency on Wednesday said that Resorts World Manila may have violated its regulations when it disregarded a security advisory issued to all hotels and casinos days before the attack.
“On May 24, we issued security advisory to all our licensees and gaming operators telling them in light of terrorism in Mindanao which prompted President [Rodrigo] Duterte to declare martial law in Mindanao, we advise you to implement additional precautionary measures,” Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation chairperson Andrea Domingo said.
Domingo told the three house committees conducting a joint probe on the attack that killed 38 people including the gunman that the advisory included increasing security preparedness and awareness to ensure the safety of employees and guests.
“From our assessment, there was really lack of security at the entrance and parking lot because there was hardly any presence in that area of adequate and competent and properly equipped security personnel,” she said.
Former government employee Jessie Javier Carlos stormed Resorts World Manila on Friday by firing shots in the air. He also set gaming tables on fire, and stole casino chips. His charred body was discovered hours later in a hotel room.
Lawmakers also grilled security personnel for not attempting to engage the gunman early on.