02/06/2017 2:16 PM AEST | Updated 02/06/2017 2:18 PM AEST

37 Bodies Found After Manila Casino Attack On Hotel Resort

A lone gunman was found to have taken his own life after the incident.

Erik de Castro / Reuters

The bodies of thirty-seven people, including a suspected lone gunman, have been found inside Resorts World Manila on Friday after a man attacked the establishment around midnight local Philippines time.

At least 54 people were injured in the incident and taken to nearby hospitals after the suspect burst into the casino and began shooting at gambling machines and setting gaming machines on fire.

Metro Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde refused to label the event an act of terror and told CNN Philippines victims who were discovered are are believed to have died of suffocation from smoke inhalation.

The burnt body of the alleged lone gunman was later found around 7am in a guest room of the hotel after setting himself on fire and taking his own life.

The Palace of the Philippines President, Rodrigo Duterte later sent its condolences to the friends and families of the victims of the attack in a statement, saying the incident "is a reminder that civilised society has no place for this kind of violence".

"The Palace wishes to extend its deep condolence to the families and friends of the victims of the Resorts World Manila's latest incident," the statement said.

"The safety of citizens and the security of communities are our primordial concerns, and we hope to seek everbody's cooperation to achieve a peaceful and fear-free environment."

Resorts World Manila also labelled the attack as a "cowardly act of a deranged mind" that marked a "sad day" for the establishment, in a statement posted to social media.