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NBI tapped to confirm remains of RWM attacker

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II wants to make sure Jessie Carlos, the man who stormed Resorts World Manila (RWM) in Pasay City, is really dead.

Aguirre said he has instructed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to determine if the charred remains found inside the casino hotel really belong to the attacker.

“I ordered the NBI to conduct DNA examination on the remains of the gunman to erase doubts on the identity established by the PNP (Philippine National Police) through the family,” he said.

Armed with an automatic rifle, Carlos, a dismissed Department of Finance (DoF) tax expert, stormed the casino hotel and burned casino tables.

There were 37 persons who have died from suffocation due to the smoke caused by the fire in the hotel-casino.

He tried stealing casino chips but failed to escape due to the presence of armed police and security personnel who were able to hurt him.

Carlos managed to break into one of the hotel rooms where he allegedly burned and shot himself.

Aguirre also directed the NBI to investigate who else should be held liable for the Resorts World Manila tragedy.

In Department Order No. 354 dated June 4, Aguirre told the NBI to determine “whether there is criminal, civil, administrative culpability against the owners, managers and employees of Resorts World Manila” as well as “any agency, office and instrumentality of the government.”

The NBI is also directed “to file appropriate charges thereon, if any, as evidence may warrant.” (Jeffrey G. Damicog)