Nothing wrong with PNP chief giving initial info on Resorts World incident

MANILA-- There is nothing irresponsible with Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa's initial statements on the Resorts World Manila incident which killed around 38 people, including the gunman, and wounded 74 others last June 2.

This was stressed by PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos in a press briefing Tuesday.

Dela Rosa earlier said the suspect, Jessie Carlos, whom he described as "Caucasian-looking" was killed during a shootout with responding cops only to clarify later that the gunman torched himself before committing suicide in one of the hotel rooms.

"I don't think it's an irresponsible issuance of statement. The (PNP) chief was on the ground and the info come in and it's a developing situation so the info that comes in he shares with the people who are asking, especially the media," he said.

Dionardo added that when information arrived and confirmed that the incident was only robbery, the PNP leadership then decided to place matter at the level of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) head Director Oscar Albayalde, leaving to issue updates on the matter, including progress reports on the investigation.

He also said it is the PNP chief's tendency to answer questions when asked by the public.

"I hope they understand na 'pag dumating yung info at nandun kayo (media) sa tabi, ang tendency (PNP chief) sagutin kayo ng alam niya. So it's a learning experience for us. The next time, when such things happen, we will establish (a) media center," Carlos stressed.

Source: Philippines News Agency