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ISIS 'sanctioned, if not directed' Resorts World attack – expert

Jul 02, 2017 - 4:30 PM

The Philippines now serves as an inspiration for global jihadists say terrorism experts who asked the government to investigate an ISIS claim the Resorts World gunman converted to Islam

Resorts World Manila resumes gaming operations

Jun 29, 2017 - 4:55 PM

The hotel casino presents its security plans and passes a Pagcor inspection leading to the lifting of the suspension order issued against it after the deadly June 2 attack

RESUMING OPERATIONS. The Resorts World Manila facade two days after the attack. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Resorts World Manila: Jessie's Got a Gun

Jun 23, 2017 - 4:15 PM

There are many ways to begin this story but every beginning ends at the same place: inside a room high above a city the man on the bed burnt and dead with a bullet in his skull and a rifle on his chest

House panels eye recommendation of charges vs Resorts World

Jun 21, 2017 - 6:25 PM

The House ends its probe into the deadly attack on the hotel casino with findings and recommendations expected to be out by next week

PROBE TERMINATED. The chairpersons of the 3 House committees who probed the Resorts World attack are Representatives Lucy Torres-Gomez (tourism), Gustavo Tambunting (games and amusements), and Romeo Acop (public order and safety). Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives

Resorts World security chief admits to using fake name

Jun 21, 2017 - 4:20 PM

Armeen Gomez tells lawmakers he was named Armenio but gives a vague explanation before invoking his right against self incrimination

FAKE NAME. Resorts World chief of security admits his real name is not Armeen Gomez. Photo by Inoue Jaena

Isabela lawmaker admits to gambling, defends politicians in casinos

Jun 21, 2017 - 3:45 PM

The lawmaker who filed the bill seeking a P3 000 casino entrance fee admits he also gambles but argues the law does not prohibit legislators from doing so

GAMBLING LAWMAKER. Representative Rodolfo Albano III says lawmakers are allowed to gamble because they were elected by the people, who supposedly about their activities already. Photo by Rappler

BFP wants joint training for firemen, cops after Resorts World attack

Jun 21, 2017 - 3:07 PM

The Bureau of Fire Protection also wants a handbook for inter bureau procedures in case of a similar complex situation

JOINT TRAINING. BFP NCR chief Wilberto Rico Neil Kwan Tiu says he wants firemen to train jointly with police and the military in case of 'complex situations.' Rappler photo

House holds final hearing on Resorts World attack

Jun 21, 2017 - 2:08 PM

David Chua chairman of Travellers International Hotel Group that owns and operates Resorts World has been subpoenaed to appear on Wednesday June 21

PROBE TO END. Resorts World Manila facade two days after the attack. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Valuables stolen from Resorts World victims during attack, says lawmaker

Jun 21, 2017 - 12:00 PM

UPDATED Victim Elizabeth Panlilio Gonzales the late wife of Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr allegedly loses a Rolex watch jewelry as well as her ATM and credit cards during the attack

LOOTING REPORTS. Representative Johnny Pimentel says 'a lot of looting' happened with a lone gunman attacked Resorts World on June 2. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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Jun 21, 2017 - 10:30 AM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during his visit at the Iligan City National School of Fisheries on June 20, 2017 where 229 displaced families families have taken shelter. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LIVE: House hearing on the Resorts World Manila attack

Jun 21, 2017 - 8:04 AM

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More security lapses uncovered as House probes Resorts World attack

Jun 14, 2017 - 10:50 PM

Testimonies from police officials and hotel security reveal a lack of coordination among those deployed to pursue gunman Jessie Carlos

SECURITY LAPSES. A policeman on standby outside Resorts World Manila as gunman Jessie Carlos attacked the hotel-casino on June 2. File photo by Ezra Arcayan/Rappler

Police, casino guard had 'misencounter' during Resorts World attack

Jun 14, 2017 - 6:40 PM

Resorts World Manila COO Stephen Reilly says this shows there [was] a degree of confusion among security forces on the ground during the attack

HOUSE PROBE. Lawmakers talk to law enforcement authorities and hotel security officials deployed during the Resorts World attack Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler  HOUSE PROBE. Lawmakers talk to law enforcement authorities and hotel security officials deployed during the Resorts World attack Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Dela Rosa slammed over 'premature' info on Resorts World deaths

Jun 14, 2017 - 3:50 PM

Parañaque 2nd District Representative Gustavo Tambunting hits PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa for initially saying only the gunman died in the attack

THE CHIEF SLAMMED. PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa faces the House probe into the Resorts World attack. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

'300 rounds' of gunfire during Resorts World attack

Jun 14, 2017 - 1:55 PM

Resorts World Manila president Kingson Sian says victims who were hiding – and eventually died of suffocation – likely thought there was more than one gunman

GUNFIRE. Lawmakers watch as Resorts World president Kingson Sian show new CCTV footage of gunman Jessie Carlos attacking the hotel-casino. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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CCTV monitoring team, funeral homes reps invited to Resorts World probe

Jun 13, 2017 - 7:42 PM

The House committees invite the Resorts World security team who were supposed to man the CCTV surveillance room but who left their posts during the attack on June 2

IN AID OF LEGISLATION. Three House committees will continue their probe into the deadly Resorts World attack on June 14. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Resorts World Manila operator vows to 'defend' gaming license

Jun 13, 2017 - 6:00 PM

This comes after the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation s decision to suspend the provisional license of the casino

QUIET. Firemen break several windows at the height of the fire during the attack of the casino hotel complex on June 2, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Empire East unaffected by Resorts World Manila attack

Jun 13, 2017 - 2:18 PM

Empire East will continue to invest and expand in the Philippines allocating P25 billion in capital spending budget over the next 5 years to fund its projects in Metro Manila and the south

PUSHING THROUGH. Kasara Urban Resort Residences in Pasig City is one of Empire East's projects. It is planning to build more inside and outside Metro Manila. Photo from Empire East

Resorts World Manila loses P7-B market value a week since attack

Jun 11, 2017 - 10:30 AM

The declining stock price of RWM makes even more evident the company s struggling performance over the last few years due to increasingly tough competition in the casino market

Resorts World Manila facade 2 days after the attack. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PNP: Security guards in Resorts World attack lacked training

Jun 10, 2017 - 3:51 PM

The PNP also finds that the security agency hired to guard the posh Resorts World Manila ‘has no security plan’ that complies with government standards

AFTERMATH. The Resorts World Manila complex hours after a June 2 attack by a lone gunman. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Solaire reports booking cancellations after Resorts World attack

Jun 08, 2017 - 6:29 PM

It should normalize soon now that it s clear it is a robbery not a terrorist attack says Bloomberry Resorts Corporation chairman and CEO Enrique Razon Jr

BOOKING CANCELLATIONS. Enrique Razon Jr of Solaire says the incident puts the industry in an 'extremely sensitive' situation as casinos are in hospitality business. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Resorts World fire victims '2 meters away' from exit – Fariñas

Jun 07, 2017 - 7:52 PM

After inspecting the site the Majority Floor Leader says it is likely the casino complex will face lawsuits over security lapses and fire safety violations

CASINO ATTACK. A firefighter breaks a glass window of the Resorts World Manila on June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Are you familiar with the casino chips system?

Jun 07, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Global anti money laundering body Financial Action Task Force warns that dead chips are often the instrument of choice of criminals as these are difficult to detect in cross border movements

De Lima to Aguirre on casino attack: 'Stop blaming me' for everything

Jun 07, 2017 - 4:42 PM

After some time your own excuses of blaming me for every catastrophe that befalls this administration just won t wash with the public anymore Senator Leila de Lima tells Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

HIGHLIGHTS: House hearing on the Resorts World Manila attack

Jun 07, 2017 - 4:05 PM

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CASINO ATTACK. Smoke billows at the Resorts World Hotel in Pasay City after a gunman set the casino on fire on June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Lawmakers grill Resorts World security chief over college degree

Jun 07, 2017 - 3:44 PM

But it isn’t Armeen Gomez s educational background that’s supposed to be the focus of the probe but lapses in security

UNDER SCRUTINY. Resorts World Manila Safety, Security and Surveillance office Chief Armeen Gomez during the Congressional committee hearing on Resort World Manila incident at the Dignitaries Lounge of NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

House to clip Pagcor powers after Resorts World attack

Jun 07, 2017 - 2:07 PM

Pagcor head Andrea Domingo says Resorts World failed to comply with a recent advisory to strengthen security measures

PAGCOR Chairperson Andrea Domingo during the Congressional committee hearing on Resort World Manila incident at the Dignitaries Louncge of NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA/RAPPLER

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Resorts World attack: 4 questions that beg for an answer

Jun 07, 2017 - 11:13 AM

As the House of Representatives begins its probe into the robbery and arson attack on the popular casino we revisit what we know about the incident and the questions that need to be answered

RESORTS WORLD MANILA ATTACK. Ambulances wait outside Resorts World Manila after a gunman stormed the casino in an alleged robbery attempt on June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

DOJ: De Lima could be liable for PEZA regulation of casino fire safety

Jun 05, 2017 - 7:46 PM

Secretary Aguirre is inclined to reverse his predecessor s legal opinion in 2014 which took away from the Bureau of Fire Protection the regulation over casinos

FIRE IN CASINO. Smoke billows at the Resorts World Hotel in Pasay City after a gunman set the casino on fire on June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Resorts World gunman: Gov't worker sacked for unexplained wealth

Jun 05, 2017 - 3:06 PM

Jessie Carlos wealth ballooned while he was in government But he also incurred millions of pesos in debt said authorities due to his gambling addiction

EMBATTLED GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE. Photo of Resorts World Manila attack suspect Jessie Carlos who turns out to be a former government tax specialist who faced an ill-gotten wealth case for increases in his assets. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle: 'What has happened to humanity?'

Jun 04, 2017 - 11:00 PM

Cardinal Tagle cites the Marawi clashes and the Resorts World Manila attack as examples of a modern world that throws away its values

PENTECOST RECOLLECTION. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle holds a recollection on Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2017, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Aguirre orders NBI to probe Resorts World Manila attack

Jun 04, 2017 - 9:15 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation is ordered to determine whether or not charges should be filed against anyone over the Resorts World Manila attack

A memorial mass is offered for the victims of the Resorts World Manila attack in Pasay on June 2, 2017. Employees of the hotel and casino and relatives of victims light candles and offered flowers after the celebration. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Duterte: Why were Resorts World victims trapped?

Jun 04, 2017 - 6:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says management of Resorts World Manila must explain why the victims were unable to leave the hotel casino

President Rodrigo Duterte views the CCTV footage of the recent tragedy at the Resorts World Manila being shown by National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Oscar Albayalde after he visited the wake of one of the victims in Rizal Funeral Homes in Pasay on the dawn of June 4, 2017. With the President are Interior and Local Government Officer in charge Catalino Cuy and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. In the CCTV footage, the perpetrator showed no indication that the incident was terrorism. PRESIDENT PHOTO

Pagcor should give counseling for gambling addicts – Pimentel

Jun 04, 2017 - 2:25 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says the counseling program should be implemented by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation and all businesses with casino franchises

COUNSELING. Police enters the Resorts World Hotel casino in Pasay City on June 2, 2017, following the attack by a long gunman reportedly suffering from gambling addiction. Photo by Alecs ongcal/Rappler

Ex-DOF employee is Resorts World gunman – police

Jun 04, 2017 - 12:01 PM

5th UPDATE 42 year old Jessie Carlos said to be heavily in debt due to casino gambling is identified as the gunman in the June 2 Resorts World attack

PRIME SUSPECT. NCRPO Director General Oscar Albayalde holds a photo of suspect Jessie Carlos, the lone gunman in the June 2, 2017 Resorts World Hotel attack, in a press conference at the House in Remington Hotel, Pasay on June 4, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

WATCH: Duterte vows justice for Resorts World attack victims

Jun 04, 2017 - 11:13 AM

DILG s officer in charge says Duterte is convinced the attacker is a deranged man

What we know about the Resorts World Manila gunman

Jun 04, 2017 - 12:15 AM

Testimonies from the taxi driver who dropped him off closed circuit television camera CCTV footage from the casino and the accounts of witnesses give a glimpse of the still unnamed gunman who attacked Resorts World Manila

SUSPECT. The perpetrator of the Resorts World Manila attack burns himself to death after burning a portion of the casino.

WATCH: Resorts World Manila releases CCTV footage showing gunman

Jun 03, 2017 - 9:57 PM

Watch the CCTV footage showing the gunman at the Resorts World Manila on June 2

Resorts World Manila to give victims' families P1M each

Jun 03, 2017 - 8:48 PM

Police are still trying to identify the lone gunman who attacked Resorts World Manila on June 2

GRIEF. Relatives of victims wait for their loved ones outside the Resorts World Hotel in Pasay on June 2, 2017. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

These stars were at Resorts World Manila during the attack

Jun 03, 2017 - 4:36 PM

Mitoy Yonting was performing with his band while Azenith Briones was with her husband Here are the famous personalities who were there when it happened

AT THE SCENE. From left to right: Martin del Rosario, Azenith Briones, and Mitoy Yonting were at Resorts World Manila when the June 2 attack occurred. Screengrabs from Instagram/martinmiguelmdelrosario, Facebook/azenith.b.reyes

Palace suspects negligence by Resorts World Manila

Jun 03, 2017 - 3:29 PM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella also denies a claim by ISIS that the terror group was behind the deadly Resorts World Manila attack

FIRST AID. Guests of Resorts World wait for first aid treatment inside the nearby Remington Hotel in Pasay City on June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

FAST FACTS: What you need to know about Resorts World Manila

Jun 03, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Shooting and fire broke out in Resorts World Manila past midnight of June 2 Here s what you need to know about the place

ATTACK. Shooting and fire break out at Resorts World Manila past midnight of June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Officials contradict each other on Resorts World Manila attack

Jun 03, 2017 - 9:10 AM

UPDATED Was it a terror attack or not? Did the gunman kill himself or did police shoot him to death? Questions hound the deadly attack at a Manila casino

POLICE CHIEF. PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa arrives at Resorts World Manila after a lone gunman opened fire and burned part of the posh casino on June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

LOOK: Kris Aquino posts 'Where is the Love?' amid PH attacks

Jun 03, 2017 - 7:20 AM

After the Resorts World Manila attack Kris Aquino posts an excerpt of the Black Eyed Peas song on her Instagram account

Duterte to visit wake of Resorts World attack victims

Jun 03, 2017 - 7:12 AM

The President is expected to condole with the families of those who died from the attack in a Pasay City funeral home on Saturday night

MEMORIAL MASS. Relatives of victims of the casino attack ight candles and offered flowers during a mass at the Resorts World hotel in Pasay on June 2, 2017. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Casino stocks plunge after Resorts World Manila attack

Jun 02, 2017 - 10:00 PM

This is one of the reasons the main Philippine Stock Exchange index closed in the red on Friday June 2

SAD DAY. 'At approximately 12 midnight on June 2, 2017, a lone gunman barged into Resorts World Manila firing shots and setting gaming tables on fire,' Stephen Reilly, Resorts World Manila COO, says. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

ISIS claims Resorts World Manila attack

Jun 02, 2017 - 9:21 PM

UPDATED Islamic State fighters carried out the attack in Manila in the Philippines yesterday the group s self styled Amaq news agency says confirming an earlier SITE report quoting an IS operative as saying the group was responsible

ISIS CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY. Police and firemen enter the casino side of the Resorts World Hotel in Pasay on June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte mum on Resorts World attack so far

Jun 02, 2017 - 8:24 PM

While at the Presidential Guest House in Davao City however the President receives a briefing on the deadly attack on the Pasay City casino hotel