House panels to hold exec session on security readiness of casino operators

MANILA-- Three committees of the House of Representatives will be holding an executive session with major gaming casino operators in the country to discuss their security readiness in light of the recent Resorts World Manila rampage which killed 37 people.

This announcement was made by ParaAaque City Rep. Gus Tambunting during the third hearing of the committees on games and amusement, public order and safety, and tourism on Wednesday to look into the alleged security lapses and other failed safety protocols in the Resorts World attack.

Tambunting, chair of the games and amusement panel, said major casino operators will be invited in a closed-door session to discuss their security preparedness before the House committees conclude its probe.

I respectfully ask that before we terminate the hearings that we send out invitations to all major gaming casino operators in the country to give this joint committee a full briefing of the state of readiness to prevent a similar event from happening again, Tambunting said.

After this briefing, we can then consider these proceedings terminated so that each of us can give a report and recommendation to the rest of the members of the House, he added.

Tambunting said the information gathered in the investigation will be used to improve the state of security in the country and make sure the laws are sufficient in addressing the needs of the nation.

We have to renew the standards of security and look into the proposal to pass a security code for our country, he said, noting that the problem on security hounds not only casinos but other highly populated establishments such as malls, concert halls, and hotels.

Let us make the Philippines a safer place. We need to make all the people safe in the Philippines, he added.

On June 2, lone gunman Jessie Carlos, armed with an M-4 rifle, barged into the luxury casino hotel, shooting indiscriminately and causing panic among hotel guests.

He also set fire gaming tables and stole PHP113 million worth of casino chips, which were later recovered. Authorities later found the gunman burned beyond recognition in a fifth floor hotel room where he reportedly committed suicide.

The police said at least 37 hotel guests and employees died of suffocation due to the fire.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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