03 June 2017

From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella – On Resorts World Manila and Martial Law
All indications in the Resorts World Manila point to a criminal act by an apparently emotionally disturbed individual.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has conducted an initial investigation showing that the gunman did not shoot any civilian but only fired shots at LED televisions, burned gambling tables, and stole gambling chips worth P113 million, before he forcibly entered a hotel room where he burned and shot himself.

The incident in the Resorts World Manila is thus an isolated case which does not constitute rebellion or invasion, which are the grounds for the declaration of martial law as prescribed by the Constitution and which the President is sworn to abide by and protect when he took his oath of office.