Gun-toting woman attempts to enter Palace

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 22 2014 06:14 PM | Updated as of Aug 23 2014 04:29 AM

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MANILA - A woman carrying a 45-caliber pistol was stopped and arrested after trying to enter Malacanang Palace on Friday.

The Presidential Security Group said Flora Pineda tried to enter the presidential palace through the Arias Gate on Jose Laurel Street before she was disarmed.

Pineda said she had no intention of harming anyone. Upon interrogation, however, she said she wanted President Aquino to step down because there are too many beggars on the streets.

Pineda is currently detained at the General Assignments Section of the Manila Police District headquarters.

The Arias Gate is usually used by visitors going to the New Executive Building. The NEB houses the Malacanang Press Corps office, Office of the Presidential Spokesman, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO).