Gina Serenio (3rd from left), with Bacolod City Police Office spokesperson Supt. Noel Polines, BCPO acting city director Senior Supt. Jack Wanky, and Station 8 head Senior Insp. Wilfredo Benoman Jr. (l-r) at the Bacolod City Police Office yesterday*
( Marie Kris A. Panes photo )
A masked gunman set fire to a gaming room at a casino in the Philippine capital yesterday, igniting a toxic blaze that killed 38 people, authorities said, but insisted it was not a terrorist attack.
Fifty-four others were wounded in the stampede.
It was very traumatic,
- Bacoleña at casino
BY CARLA GOMEZ
A Bacoleña who works at the Resorts World Manila casino was saved from the deadly tragedy that took 38 lives by having left the scene of the incident minutes before gunfire could be heard inside.
Krystelle Kaye Genada, 25, an Inter Disciplinary Studies graduate of the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod, said she could not contain her sadness at what happened at her work place.
Genada, who has worked at the Casino for a year and half, said she was in there minutes before a masked gunman set fire to a gaming room igniting a toxic blaze that killed 37 people, but had left before her shift ended at midnight.
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alidated, mayor allays fears
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW
Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo has allayed public fears over the presence of evacuees from the strife-torn Marawi City in Mindanao, saying he has personally taken steps to validate their identities.
He said he could vouch for the safety of residents in the city, as well as for the six families who came all the way from Marawi City to escape the fighting between government security forces and terrorists from the Maute group.