Valuables stolen from some Resorts World fire victims

MANILA-- A lawmaker at the House of Representatives on Wednesday raised the issue of "looting" of valuables that belonged to the victims of the Resorts World attack perpetrated by lone gunman Jessie Carlos.

During a joint committee hearing on the incident, Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel directed police authorities to look into reports that valuables of the fatalities were stolen, including that of Elizabeth Panlilio-Gonzales, the late wife of Pampanga Rep. Aurelio Gonzales Jr.

Pimentel cited Rep. Gonzales who said that his wife allegedly lost a Rolex watch, jewelry, as well as her credit cards and ATM card following the June 2 attack.

"According to Rep. Gonzales, his wife had a watch, which is a Rolex, and some jewelry which were missing already Aside from the watch and some jewelry, the credit cards and ATM were also missing," he said.

According to Pimentel, Gonzales found out that a total of PHP25,000 was withdrawn from the account of his wife three days after she died.

"The incident happened on June 2, but there was withdrawal of PHP25,000 on June 5 from her ATM card. How could that be possible? Somebody used her ATM card," said Pimentel.

Pimentel said the relatives of the other victims may have also encountered the same problem on looted valuables.

On June 2, 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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