Vancouver businessman among the victims in Manila attack

06 June 2017, 05:35 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Vancouver businessman among the victims in Manila attack

Vancouver businessman among the victims in Manila attack

In a speech in Cagayan de Oro City before flying to Manila, Duterte said the attack was the work of a "crazy man" and not the terrorist group Islamic State.

For his part, Fernando Carlos, father of the assailant, denied that his son was mentally ill but said the younger Carlos had "financial" and "family" problems."Wala po siyang problema sa pag-iisip (He has no mental illness)", the father said, in contrast to initial reports by the police that Mr. Carlos was "mentally disturbed".

Carlos' distraught mother, Teodora, wept and asked for forgiveness. "We're asking for your apology".

She said that the family was struggling to come to terms with what Carlos had done.

A Muslim separatist rebellion in the south of the mainly Catholic Philippines has killed more than 120,000 people since the 1970s.

"He is heavily indebted due to being hooked to casino gambling". Carlos is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters.

The gunman was banned by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation from all casinos upon the request of his family.

The breakthrough in efforts to identify him came when investigators traced his path to the casino from a Manila suburb where he had hailed a taxi after midnight Thursday. There, they found the man's wife.

Apple's Siri Speaker is reportedly in the works
While the speakers wouldn't go on sale until later this year, they could be announced in June at Apple's developers' conference. But, Mark Gurman reported that, "Apple's speaker won't include such a screen, according to people who have seen the product".

Malaysian Airline flight MH 128 returns to Melbourne after bomb scare
Lisa Wood, whose father was on the plane, said a "lunatic" announced that he had "a bomb" about 20 minutes into the flight. The man who tried to enter the cockpit was reportedly subdued by other passengers, according to social media reports.

Rogic's stunning victor in Scottish Cup Final thriller!
Jonny Hayes gave Aberdeen a ninth minute lead which was quickly cancelled out by Celtic's Stuart Armstrong two minutes later. Celtic's Tomas Rogic celebrates scoring their second goal in the Scottish FA Cup final against Aberdeen .

"I said, 'He's going to burn that table, he's going to douse it, '" before she grabbed her husband's hand and started running. "She knew it was him, but she was really afraid", Albayalde said. At least 37 patrons and employees died, mostly from smoke inhalation as they tried to hide, while the gunman fled to an adjoining hotel and reportedly killed himself.

The CA also meted on Carlos the penalties of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits, and perpetual disqualification in government service.

While the "Islamic State" militia claimed responsibility for the attack and identified the man as one of their jihadists, the government quickly rejected the claims.

Security film of the incident released on Saturday showed the gunman calmly and slowly walking through the casino and firing into the air most of the time, apparently as warning shots for people to leave. His M4 rifle was hidden in a backpack where he also had bottles of either gasoline or kerosene.

What followed borders on the surreal: a slow-motion arson attack and robbery so methodical and unhurried, with Carlos appearing to walk much of the way, even as he exchanges fire with a security guard and flees up a stairwell. Carlos would go on to lock himself in one of the hotel rooms, wrap himself in a blanket and then set fire to himself to bring it to an end.

Albayalde said Carlos had a bank account with an outstanding debt of P4 million, and several other non-bank related debt.

PCCI Presaident George T. Barcelon said that, while he supports the increased visibility of the police following the incident, it does not warrant the extension of martial law to Luzon or Metro Manila.

Information for this article was contributed by Jim Gomez of The Associated Press.



Other News

Trending Now

Red-faced Basilashvili has no advice for Nadal opponents
The Spaniard has now contested 100 best-of-five set matches on clay, winning a remarkable 98 times. The Spaniard had already received treatment at the end of the first set.

Gunshots and explosions at Philippine mall
The Philippines has been grappling with incidents of terrorism, especially on the southern island of Mindanao . Several people were seen injured, but police and Resorts World management have yet to give details.

What is Microsoft Rewards?
This doubles if you are using Edge, and Microsoft says you can "earn points when you actively browse the web with Microsoft Edge". You can enter competitions for 200 points, and be in with a chance of winning an Xbox One S or a Surface Pro.

Bombing in diplomatic area of Kabul kills 90, wounds scores
The powerful explosion rocked the neighbourhood, which is considered the city's safest, during the peak of morning rush hour. France's foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says the French Embassy in Kabul suffered material damage in the auto bombing.

'He's human': Cavs coach defends LeBron after 'weird' loss
As much as this series was about James , Irving helped turn the tide of the series with a 42-point effort in Game 4. The Cleveland Cavaliers made it to the free throw line 13 times during the first quarter of Game 3.

Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner taking 'heads down' approach
But Trump immediately railed against administration leaks in a flurry of tweets Sunday, calling them "fabricated lies". Congressional Democrats have demanded to hear directly from Kushner about the allegations against him, CBS reported .

Sonic Mania Release Date and Price Confirmed by Sega
Sonic Mania's release date has been confirmed thanks to the official Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter account. Harness Sonic's new drop dash, Tails' flight, and Knuckles' climbing abilities to overcome the evil Dr.

Collective effort responsible for Mumbai Indians' IPL-10 win
Commenting on the wicket, Fleming remarked that the wicket was two-paced and both the teams struggled to play aggressive game. Batting first, Mumbai lost 7 quick wickets for 79 in just the 14th over of the game.

Egypt launches second round of air strikes over Libya
Egypt has seen a sharp rise in attacks against Christians , who represent 10 percent of the country's 91 million residents. Egyptian military footage of pilots being briefed and war planes taking off was shown on state television.

Foreign fighters among militants in Philippines
Clashes erupted on Tuesday as the military moved to hunt down Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, who was sighted in Marawi City. Authorities said the militants had killed 19 civilians in Marawi, a mostly Muslim-populated city of 200,000 people.