President Duterte condoles with Resorts World Manila victims

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Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte (R) talks to the wife of Eleuterio Reyes, one of the victims who died in an attack at the Resorts World Manila casino and hotel complex, on June 3, 2017, in Manila. Philippine authorities said on June 3 they still did not know the identity of the gunman who killed 37 people when he torched a casino, as dramatic security footage was released showing him calmly firing his automatic rifle at security guards and trying to steal gambling chips or money. The masked man stormed into the complex in Manila on June 2 with an M4 automatic rifle and a bottle of petrol, before setting alight a number of different rooms in the complex. AFP

President Rodrigo Duterte flew in to Manila from Cagayan de Oro Saturday night, June 3, to go to the wake of some of the fatalities of the Resorts World Manila incident.

The President arrived around 11 pm to personally condole with the family of the victims in two funeral homes in Arnaiz Street in Pasay City and Heritage Park in Taguig City.

In Veronica Funeral Homes, the Chief Executive met privately with the bereaved families of four of the victims, namely Hing Tung Tsung, Lai Wei-Chung, Lai Yu-Chieh and Carmelita dela Cruz.

Around midnight, the President then went to the nearby Rizal Funeral Homes, also in Pasay City, to pay his respects to another victim of the incident, Eleuterio Reyes.

He then proceeded to Heritage Park in Taguig to pay his last respects to Raoul B. Viray and Elizabeth Gonzales.

Viray was a shipping industry official. Gonzales was the wife of Pampanga Rep. Aurelio Gonzales, Jr.

Malacañang had earlier expressed condolences to the victims of the Resorts World Manila incident.

The Chief Executive himself dispelled speculations that the Resorts World Manila incident was a terror attack.

“That is not the work of the ISIS. The work of the ISIS is more cruel and brutal. They would just simply kill people for nothing. Not even for a reason. And that was the reason why the world today has bonded together to fight the scourge of terrorism,” Duterte said.

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