Gun-toting woman who tried to enter Palace charged

Posted at 08/23/14 12:12 PM

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MANILA - The woman who tried to enter Malacañang with a loaded pistol has been charged with illegal possession of firearms, police said on Saturday.

The Manila Police District said Flora Pineda, 36, was charged with violation of Republic Act 10591 or unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition.

Pineda, who is a resident of Signal Village, Taguig City, on Friday attempted to enter the presidential palace through the Arias Gate on Jose Laurel Street carrying a .45-caliber pistol.

She was immediately disarmed by the Presidential Security Group and then brought to the General Assignments Section of the Manila Police District headquarters.

Police said the .45-caliber pistol Pineda was carrying is owned by her brother, Staff Sgt. Rolando Nonato, a member of the Philippine Marines.

Pineda is allegedly suffering from mental illness, according to her brother.

The firearm was loaded with nine bullets.

Pineda earlier said she had no intention of harming anyone.

But she said she wanted President Benigno Aquino III to step down because of the high poverty rate in the country. She said there are too many beggars on the streets. -- Report from Johnson Manabat, dzMM