I can tell you a number of times I’ve been to Resorts World Manila:
• Our family has checked in the Marriott Hotel once. In fact the Marriott Hotel Sunday buffet is one of our favorites.
• The hubby and I have enjoyed Wolfgang’s Steak House a couple of times.
• We were there when Sting had a concert with Chris Botti in March 2016.
• My son had his birthday party there in 2012.
• We tried to stalk Anderson Cooper at the Marriott during the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.
We probably go there once or twice a year, but never at the gambling areas.
Last Thursday night, my husband was at Resorts World Manila for work from 8-10 PM.
Then on Friday, while my husband slept around midnight, I saw on Twitter that there had been a shooting and fire at the casino. I wasn’t able to sleep. At 4 AM, the word ISIS came out on Twitter. That’s when I panicked and woke up the hubby.
It is now Saturday night and 35 people have been reported dead. Many of the bodies were found suffocated from smoke inhalation, while hiding in one of the VIP rooms.
While some news organizations like CNN International have reported that ISIS has claimed the act of terrorism, the CCTV footage released by Resorts World tell otherwise.
I was in shock while watching the footage on TV earlier. The way the terrorist acted reminded my of a game my kids play called Grand Theft Auto, as if he was just burning tables, firing shots, stealing casino chips, shooting door locks, and finally setting himself on fire.
It just didn’t make sense and he didn’t seem to have an escape plan.
After viewing the video, my husband and I didn’t think the man looked like a foreigner as reported, perhaps a really large Filipino guy. The man’s identity has yet to be reported. But his costume definitely looked like Grand Theft Auto, like he was really prepared for combat.
Which makes me think, how did he get past the security check of the casino entrance? As far as I know, all bags go through an X-ray machine.
Now I understand why liquids aren’t allowed on airplanes. They could be liquid explosives or gasoline which can easily start a fire. How was this man able to bring bottles of gasoline in his backpack?
Watch this two-part video of CCTV footage shown on TV earlier. It is so unreal, it looks like a crazy man living a real life Grand Theft Auto. I feel like there’s not enough information being reported.
Let me know what you think.