‘Philippine casino violence not terrorism’, gunman ‘looks Caucasian’

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A gunman who set fire to a casino in the Philippine capital leading to the
deaths of at least 36 people on Friday
was not a terrorist, the president’s spokesman said.

“This particular situation in Manila is not related in any way
to a terrorist attack,”
presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella told reporters.

A family cries as they await the body of their relative to be recovered from a hotel at the Resorts
World Manila complex, Friday, June 2, 2017, in Manila, Philippines. (AP)

Looks Caucasian

It has also been revealed that the gunman who set fire was likely a foreigner, the Manila police chief said. “He looks caucasian, he talks English, he’s big and he’s white, so he’s probably a foreigner,” Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde told reporters.


A tourist wearing a bathrobe gestures after he was evacuated from the Resorts World Manila after gunshots and explosions were heard in Pasay City, Metro Manila on June 2, 2017. (Reuters)

According to a Ruters report, the Philippine police said on Friday they were looking at a “person of interest” in connection with the attack. Tomas Apolinario, chief of Manila’s southern police district, said the person was still alive and was believed to be a Philippine national.