Manila – after an attack on Resorts World, the Philippines gaming regulator has suspended the resort’s venue license. At the beginning of June, a man reportedly walked into the casino and began shooting at security guards. However, it was unclear at the time who the man was, and the attack was claimed by terrorist groups.
Manila resorts Ban
The attacker had been banned from entering any land-based casino by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR). This was due to a request by his family to the corporation to help him treat his addiction. As he was not a terrorist, authorities were quick to inform the media that this was not a terror attack. Mr Jessie Javier Carlos was identified as the shooter and died on the scene before security teams could calm him.
Resorts World Manila
PAGCOR decided to suspend the venue license of Resorts World pending an investigation into the incident. Philippines government recently decided to begin issuing licenses to online and land-based casinos in the country. However, regulating casinos and problem gambling have yet to be finalised. There are around 450 people currently banned from casinos under new regulations who have been reported as problem gamblers.
Security concerns for Resorts World Manila
The suspension of Resorts World’s license came about after the attack. Before the attack, PAGCOR had issued new regulations for casinos to strengthen security protocols. Resorts World apparently failed to follow these protocols and this is how Mr Carlos gained entry to the casino.
New Manila Regulations
All resorts in the Philippines have had to submit updated safety and security protocols following the attack. New regulations are being discussed by the corporation to ensure the safety of all guests and players, as well as stakeholders in casinos. Hopefully, further regulations by PAGCOR can help to prevent similar problems in Manila.
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