Note: this story is developing.
Out of Pasay City in Manila, popular Philippine tourist site Resorts World Manila was on lockdown after reports of gunfire and explosions around midnight Friday, Manila time.
President Donald Trump immediately sent his thoughts and prayers to the Filipino people.
“We are closely monitoring the situation and I will continue to give updates anything happens during this period of time,” he said. “But it is really sad as to what’s going on throughout the world with terror. Our thoughts and our prayers are with all of those affected.”
The Philippine National Police has confirmed that the lone gunman has been killed by operating troops. PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” De La Rosa says the gunman was a six foot tall caucasian man.
At around midnight on Friday, gunshots were heard ringing out of the Resorts World building in Manila, as hundreds of guests and employees rushed out of one of hotels after a masked gunman began firing at guests.
An armed man was reportedly seen setting fire to the casino tables. Part of the complex also caught fire.
Several people are reportedly injured.
The Philippine police has downplayed initial claims that it was a terrorist attack. They say that attack could have been robbery-related, and that the gunman tried to steal casino chips and did not kill anyone.
The US state department has since issued an advisory to citizens about the incident, and some Fil-Ams here have expressed concern about the shocking situation in Manila.
On concerns that this could lead to President Duterte declaring martial law in Manila, or even the entire country, these Fil-Ams have these to say.
“I think tama yung mag martial law para at least bawawasn mga criminal,” said Elvira Chua.
“There’s no need to declare martial law in Manila; that’s an isolated case,” said Art Garcia. “Anybody can take responsibility, even lone wolf attacks in the United States; ISIS claims it.”