Published: Saturday 03 June, 2017

Mitoy Yonting was Performing at Resorts World Casino When Attack Occurred

The Voice winner Mitoy Yonting was performing with his band inside the Resorts World casino when the attack started. Mitoy, whose band is a regular performer at Resorts World’s Bar 360, said that, at first, they thought the commotion was due to a fight between casino patrons.

Mitoy Yonting

Mitoy and his band were in the middle of their performance inside Resorts World casino when the attack occurred. (Rappler photo)

Bar 360 is located on the ground floor of the casino. As the name suggests, it is a round bar with a stage overlooking the whole casino floor. According to Mitoy, they had just started their set when the commotion started.

People from the casino’s second floor started running downstairs. They thought it was just another casino brawl. But when gunfire rang out, that’s when Mitoy realized it was no ordinary situation.

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“At first kasi may mangilan-ngilan na kaming nakitang nagsuntukan doon, nag-away doon na players, nagkagulo. Kaya noong una ang impression ko baka may nagsuntukan na naman. Baka may nag-away na naman. Pero noong pangalawang bugso ng takbuhan, parang iba na. Tapos mayroon na kaming narinig na putok nga kasi second floor ‘yon. Masyadong malaki ang lugar kaya ‘yung tunog ng putok ay maririnig mo talaga na automatic rifle ang ginagamit,” said Mitoy during an interview by ABS CBN News.

The very first The Voice PH winner said he and his band mates ran to the dressing room where there was an exit. However, more gunfire were heard and they ran back inside. Eventually, they found another exit which led them out towards the Duty Free area and out of the building.

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Mitoy said he and around 100 other Resorts World patrons sought shelter inside Villamor Air Base where they stayed for several hours.