A Filipina based in Las Vegas expressed her disappointment with lack of security measures being conducted in hotels and casinos following an incident when a gunman fired repeatedly at a music festival leaving several casualties.
It was just few days ago when a 64-year-old Stephen Paddock strafed a country music festival from a window of a high-rise hotel killing more than 50 people and left 200 wounded victims. It was then that the citizens were expecting that strict security will be implemented to prevent the occurrence of the same.
In an interview with News To Go on Monday, Rutherine Umali who was working in Vegas narrated that the establishments don’t have x-ray machines to check the belongings of the people coming in and out of the buildings. She was dismayed with the lax security however, she hopes that because of the recent incident, authorities would be able to provide stricter rules for everyone’s protection.
“Wala po kaming… we don’t have anything like that,” Umali said, referring to X-ray machines. “Kaya ngayon, now [that] this has happened, they’re gonna change the rules, that’s for sure.”
According to Umali, x-ray machines were only visible at the airport, enabling other people to freely walk on crowded places like malls, hotels and restaurants without being checked.
“If you’re going to a theater, they don’t scan you… Only if you go into concerts…pero sa mga doors, walang mga ganun po, we don’t have that at all. But I think now they’re gonna do that,” Umali said.
It was however learned that Umali was in a hotel three miles away where the gunman fired.
As of this writing, Umali said the hotels within the area were shut down as investigations were still ongoing.
Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs had not announced yet any identified Filipino casualty.