Resorts World security chief admits not using real name

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 21 2017 04:20 PM

Resorts World head of security Armeen Gomez attends a House probe on the lapses in security and emergency protocols in the Resorts World tragedy, Pasay City, June 7, 2017. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The chief of security of Resorts World Manila came clean Wednesday before a joint congressional committee probing the June 2 attack at the casino complex, saying he is not using his real name.

Security chief Armeen Gomez told the body upon questioning that "Armeen Alain Gomez" is the name of his brother and that he is in fact named "Armenio Gomez Jr."

He did not give details about the use of a different name except to say that he has been an orphan since age 9 and that he is a survivor in his younger years.

He claimed he committed lapses in judgment which he would rather answer in a separate forum. He invoked his right against self-incrimination and said he had lapses dating 20 years back.

Resorts World Manila chief legal officer Georgina Alvarez told the committee that Gomez was hired even if he is not a college graduate. 

Despite the revelations, Alvarez said they stand by Gomez's performance in connection with the June 2 incident, insisting this is separate from the misrepresentation. 

Alvarez said Gomez was able to trigger protocols and coordinate with the military and police. The security chief also reportedly had good grades in his performance appraisal.

Gomez's qualifications came under question because of the lapses in Resorts World Manila's response to the attack which left 37 people dead.