Solano Stories

People Die Being In A Wrong Place At A Wrong Time

Written By: Rex Solano - Jun• 11•17

Drugs, drinking and gambling are some of the vices that any person who indulge and inveterate with, are the main culprits leading to the ruination of someone’s life and those of others. So many people are so addicted to the culmination of these degrading and immoral habits that somehow we wonder if there are any solutions to curb and stop the ills of these social problems.

Watching the CCTV footage of such tragic incidents where a lone gunman entered the gambling establishment that has known to all as Resorts World Manila had given me a shivering thoughts and eerily feelings that it is not safe to enjoy and entertain ourselves to the extreme, thinking that these isolated incidents are happening everywhere. It is not even safe to watch concerts such as what happened in Manchester Arena in England where American singer Ariana Grande was performing a show, when an apparent suicide bomber detonated a bomb killing at least 22 people and critically injuring dozen others. We do not even feel secured when we walked along the street where a lunatic driver could just mow down the pedestrians or even to go to the bar or nightclub to engage in socializing with friends after an arduous and hectic day of work.

These only prove to me that to meet our fates in a bizarre unexpected way has got to be faulted with what others are saying that these tragic incidents happened to people who were being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Why would I say this; because I was there at Resorts World Manila with my wife and two cousins? We played most of the night in a slot machine, not in the gaming table where the gunman set it on fire, At the time we were innocents to think of any untoward incidents that happened last June 2 killing 38 employees and guests including the lone gunman. By contemplating it now, has caused an alarming furor, a frightful feeling asking myself, “what if we were there when it happened?”

When we go to the casino establishments, we always have that feeling of self-assurance that we are safely guarded from any proclivities or disastrous criminal acts posing as a threat, aside from our ultimate desires of either winning or losing money. We are so confident, complacent and trustful that the casino security personnel will responsibly protect our back. But in this incident, the Lanting Security Specialist Agency, the provider of security guard to the Resorts World Manila who was manning the doors leading to Casino, had done the unthinkable. When the female security guard who was not armed confronted gunman Jesse Javier Carlos, she relented and instead ran for her dear life, when the gunman pointed and threatened her with the M-4 Carbine. Perhaps, she must have thought that to be a live coward is better than a dead hero, and so the heroism of the security guards seemed futile and in vain as scores of dead people had became a nightmare for the surviving families.

We already knew that there were lapses in security and safety operations in the Resorts World Manila. The one thing that I keep on asking, why the employees and the guests had to run for cover in a room instead of the exit? We also knew that the gunman never intended to kill or harm or shoot at anyone who was visibly within his sights as we saw on the CCTV footage that the gunman even took the elevator with two women riding along with him. Those who died had all the time to escape through entrances and fire exits instead of huddling in a room where they died of smoke inhalation leading to their deaths. Panic! Perhaps, but to serve ourselves with this perfidious theory of incredible conclusion, one has to wonder that the gunman was not even a killer. Jesse Javier Carlos had concocted a plan to get strictly even with the casino establishment. It was retaliation at its worst moment after incurring so many losses at the casino having deeply accumulated four million in debt, losing his job and separated from his wife. The burden he carried in his heart has heavily seeped through an excruciating experience of depression and desperation. The last straw that probably had embarked to the journey of doing criminal acts was when he was barred or banned from entering the Resorts World Manila. Anyone who incurred so many losses, time and time again will go to the casino to chase and recoup those losses but because Resort World put a restriction on him to gamble at that establishment, a motive of vengeance or retaliation was compelling and conceivable.

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