Kapuso actor Martin del Rosario was at the Newport Mall of Resorts World Manila (RSW) when a lone gunman went on rampage at the casino complex early, Friday, June 2.
In an interview with GMA-7’s 24 Oras earlier tonight, Martin said he went out of the cinema for a quick washroom break when he heard the gunshots coming from the second floor of the casino complex.
Recounting his first-hand experience of the incident, Martin related, “Sarado na kasi yung CR [comfort room] sa fourth floor, nag-CR ako sa third floor.
“From sa second floor, may narinig ako, ‘Pak! Pak!’
"May narinig akong dalawang putok, tapos nagsigawan yung mga tao.
“Tapos may mga nakatago dun sa gilid. Sabi ko, ‘Ano yun?’”
The 25-year-old actor further said that the floor security guard initially informed him and the rest of the mallgoers in their area that a drunk guest was causing the commotion.
“Tapos pumunta ako sa guwardiya.
“Sabi ng guwardiya—siguro para hindi mag-panic yung mga tao dahil ang daming nagtatanong sa kanya—sabi niya lasing daw, binaril daw yung signage sa baba, lasing.
“Sabi ko, ‘A, lasing…”
The report did not say how Martin was able to safely evacuate from the mall premises.
Other celebrities who also had a first-hand-experience of the terrifying RWM attack included former actress Azenith Briones and The Voice of the Philippines 2013 winner Mitoy Yonting.
Azenith's husband, Eleuterio Reyes, was one of the casualties.
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NOT A TERRORIST ATTACK. Philippine National Police Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa earlier denied speculations that the RWM tragedy was caused by a terrorist.
Speaking to news reporters, the PNP chief explained, “We can say that hindi ito act of terror.
“Kung terorista siya, kung ISIS siya, dapat namaril na siya dun.
“Hindi pa ito final conclusion, but the way we look at it, nangangailangan siya ng pera, tuliro utak niya kaya ni-ransack niya yung bodega ng [poker] chips, wherein nakakuha siya ng worth 113 million na chips na nilagay niya sa backpack, wherein nung nag-CR siya, naiwan niya sa loob.”
The lone gunman reportedly set casino tables on fire with petroleum fuel and also fired at a big LED television and a door using an M4 rifle.
The gunman set himself on fire and shot himself on the head in Room 510 of Maxims Hotel located at RWM compound.
Thirty-five people reportedly died of smoke inhalation and 54 people were injured.