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.

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"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.


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