By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Malacañang allayed fears that the rampage in Resorts World Manila, Pasay City on Friday was an act of terrorism caused by the Islamic State (ISIS).
This, after ISIS claimed in their website responsibility over the incident caused by a lone gunman but resulting in the deaths of 38 people reportedly due to suffocation.
“They can always claim what they want to claim in their website, which they are in full control of,” Abella said during the fourth Mindanao Hour press briefing over Radyo ng Bayan Saturday morning.
“They have this reputation of claiming all atrocities all over the world to perpetuate themselves to gain global popularity and to show that their influence is all over,” he added.
“However, there is no truth that the incident was a terror act. According to our evidence, the incident is a local peace and order concern,” Abella continued.
The Palace official also discouraged the police, media, and netizens from making speculations about the incident.
“We’d like to first and foremost clarify that we are joined by the chief of experts, with Senator and former National Police Chief Ping Lacson, in urging the police, the media, and the public to please avoid speculations,” he said.
“It may grab the headlines in Facebook likes, to spin the Resort World tragedy as terrorism but it only feeds the purpose of these groups,” he added.
Abella also urged the public to let the authorities finish their investigation on the alleged security lapses of Resorts World Manila.
“Let us allow authorities to finish the investigation, and look into the security breach of Resorts World Manila,” he said.
“Once the investigation is completed, they will submit their findings and recommendations,” he added.
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