MANILA - Lawmakers questioned the qualifications of Resorts World Manila security chief Armeen Gomez after the attack of a lone gunman in the popular leisure destination left 37 civilians dead.
Gomez, during a house probe on Wednesday, initially said he worked and studied after he was dismissed "for personal reasons" in the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in 1998.
"I worked. I looked for work because I'm an orphan. I struggled to find a living for myself," he said told lawmakers.
Asked if he was a college graduate, he also initially said yes, saying he took Bachelor of Science in Business Management at Ateneo de Naga.
But after lawmakers pressed him to tell the truth, Gomez retracted his statement and admitted he did not graduate in college.
"Simple question ha, saan ka nag-graduate di mo maalala? I-rephrase natin. Sino ang nagbigay sa iyo ng diploma noong gumradweyt ka ng college?" House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez asked
"Are you a graduate or not? Let's end this," he added.
"The simple [answer] is no," responded Gomez.
Lawmakers earlier grilled Gomez for the lax security at Resorts World Manila during the attack.
House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas stressed that with 200 security personnel present at the time of the attack, they could have neutralized the lone gunman.