Johnny Pimentel bats for stricter gun control after Resorts World attack
Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel has called for tougher gun controls in the wake of the June 2 attack at Resorts World Manila, which led to the deaths of 38 people, including the attacker.
“In the interest of public safety, we really need stronger gun control measures,” said Pimentel, a member of the House committee on national defense and security.
“While Carlos may not have used his firearm to kill people, he did use the weapon to try to raid the casino cashier’s cage and to sow the mayhem that took a lot of innocent lives,” he added.
The gunman, identified as Jessie Carlos, barged into Resorts World Manila with an M4 carbine assault rifle in an attempt to loot the casino.
He set several casino tables on fire before proceeding to a room where the chips were stored and got those worth over P100 million.
After a brief encounter with a security guard which left him wounded, Carlos proceeded to a hotel room where he shot and burned himself.
According to authorities, Carlos, a former Department of Finance employee, had a gambling addiction and financial problems.
Carlos was ordered dismissed from the Department of Finance’s One-Stop Shop Inter-Agency Tax Credit and Duty Drawback Center in 2014 for failing to disclose all his assets in his statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALNs).
He was found guilty of grave misconduct and neglect of duty for not declaring his house and lot in Manila in his SALNs from 2003 to 2006, his Toyota Innova in his 2007 SALN, and a business interest in his 2010 SALN.
Carlos’ civil service eligibility was also canceled, his retirement benefits forfeited, and he was perpetually barred from reemployment in government.