Monday, January 22, 2018

It’s not just about the money: Castelo says Andrew Tan should make public apology to victims of Resorts World attack

The management of Resorts World Manila was quick to announce the grant of P1 milllion to the 36 victims of the bloody attack carried out by a lone gunman in its Pasay City casino-hotel.

But Quezon City Rep. Winnie Castelo thinks that Resorts World’s owner, Andrew Tan, himself should show remore and make a public apology for its clients and employees who were killed due to security and design lapses.

‎”I believe so (public apology), They should show remorse. Financial assistance is not important at this time of bereavement,” said Castelo.

He noted that President Rodrigo Duterte himself visited the victims of the massacre and apologized for the government’s failure to save them even though Resorts World Manila was solely responsible for providing security and ensuring fire safety measures to its customers and employees when Jessie Javier Carlos carried out his attack.

Resorts World President Kingston Sian admitted during the House probe on the incident that Tan arrived only in the Philippines on June 6.

Sian said he was not aware if Tan had visited any of the victims and personally consoled their families. Sian said that he had visited the victims’ funerals and‎ that Tan had approved the release of P1 million to each of the fatalities as well as committed give scholarships to their children.

But Castelo said it was not enough for Tan to send representatives to say sorry for letting down Resorts World customers, he should go there himself.

Tan is the owner of Alliance Global Inc. which has interests in Megaworld, Empire East, Suntrust, Emperador, and McDonald’s Philippines.

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