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Faces of the News: Aurelio Gonzales Jr.

/ 01:41 AM June 11, 2017

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In the aftermath of last Friday’s attack on Resorts World Manila (RWM), there was a sense of mourning, a sense of loss among us.

The wife of the Pampanga lawmaker, Elizabeth Panlilio Gonzales, was among the 37 people, including guests and hotel staff, who died from suffocation in a small room.

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A troubled casino player identified as Jessie Javier Carlos stormed the casino hotel, fired his assault rifle, torched gaming tables and seized casino chips before killing himself inside a room.

“Why did so many die?” the congressman put forth the question, through another colleague, at the House inquiry into the attack on Wednesday.

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In response, RWM President Kingson Sian said the gunman, not the flames, stopped victims from coming out of hiding and heading for the exits.

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