Resorts World gunman's parents: It's hard to accept what our son did

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The parents of the deadly Resorts World Manila attack gunman said they find it difficult to accept their son was responsible for last Friday's mayhem.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 4) — The parents of the gunman in the deadly Resorts World Manila incident tearfully pleaded with the public to forgive their son for the tragic events that unfolded last Friday evening.

Speaking with CNN Philippines, Teodora Carlos, the mother of gunman Jessie Carlos, said it was difficult to come to terms with what her son did.

She said, "Siyempre sobrang sakit, hindi namin matanggap na anak ko yung...anak ko yung gumawa pala ng mga ano sa Resort ba yun. E, nung nalaman namin yun, para kaming naupos na kandila."

[Translation: Of course, it was very painful. We could not accept that my son did those things. When we found out, we felt really weak.]

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Mrs. Carlos said her son was a good person, and that he was a victim as well.

"Ayoko pa rin tanggapin na anak ko yun, kasi mabait ang anak ko. Biktima lang ang anak ko na...nalulong siya sa casino na yan."

[Translation: I still don't want to accept that it was my son, because my son was a good person. My son was just a victim...he fell victim to the casinos.]

Mrs. Carlos asked forgiveness from the victims of the attack and asked media not to hound them, saying this was a very stressful time for them. She also appealed to others who gamble heavily in casinos so that what happened to their son would not be repeated.

"Kung anuman po ang mga ginagawa nila sa kanilang buhay, magbago na po sila. Dahil po kami, ang anak ko po, napakabait po niyan, tahimik pong tao yan. Hindi ko po naisip na magagawa ng anak ko yan," she said.

[Translation: Whatever they're doing with their lives, I hope they change, Because we, my son, he was a good person; he was a quiet person. I never thought he was capable of this.]

"Ang mga pangyayri na po na 'yan, hindi po namin kagustuhan [We never wanted this to happen]."

Gunman had a gambling problem, money woes

On Sunday morning, National Capital Region Police Office chief Oscar Albayalde said Carlos, a "high-roller" gambler, had millions of pesos in debt.

"He is heavily indebted due to being hooked in casino gambling, according to his immediate family," he said. "This became the cause of misunderstanding with his wife and parents. He has a bank account with an outstanding debt of ₱4 million and several other non-bank related debt."

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Albayalde said the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, which oversees the operations of casinos like the one in Resorts World Manila, barred Carlos from all casinos in April 2017 upon the request of his family.

"This could have probably triggered him, kaya galit na galit siya sa casino," he said. "Alam niya, hindi siya basta-basta pwedeng pumasok sa casino para magsugal kasi mayroon siyang picture diyan at hindi siya papayagang pumasok."

Netizens express sympathy for gunman's parents

Netizens who watched the Carlos's interview voiced their sympathy for what the gunman's parents were going through.

One said they should not be blamed because they had nothing to do with the incident.