Resorts World Manila COO admits ‘Lapses in security’ in deadly attack

News Philippines Jun 9, 2017 at 2:30 pm

MANILA–Resorts World Manila chief operations officer (COO) Stephen Reilly admitted their security system had lapses, allowing a lone gunman to attack the hotel-casino and cause the death of 37 people.

“I say there are lapses in security. When we played the first videos, I pointed out there should have been security personnel posted on certain points and they were not present. We admit openly there were some lapses in security,” said Reilly on Wednesday, June 7.

He was testifying before 3 House committees holding a joint probe into the Resorts World attack last June 2. Reilly’s testimony contradicted the statement he issued the morning after the attack, where he denied any security lapse on the establishment’s part.

Lone gunman Jessie Carlos fired gunshots and set tables ablaze, leaving 36 people dead mostly due to suffocation. Carlos later set himself on fire in a hotel room.

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