Armed woman not part of an 'absurd' scheme - Palace

Posted at 08/24/14 5:17 PM

MANILA -- Malacanang tagged as “absurd” talks connecting the supposed security threat to President Benigno Aquino III with plans to justify a term extension in 2016.

"“No, that’s absurd. That’s far from it. It’s not a scenario. It’s not anything,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in an interview with radio dzRB.

She stressed, however, that the security of President Aquino is always important.

“We always take security very seriously. For those of you who are always in or who frequent the Palace and the other buildings -- Mabini and New Executive Building -- mahigpit naman po talaga ang seguridad pagdating po diyan sa ating workplace at hindi naman po ‘yon nagbabago,” she said.

Last Friday, a woman carrying a 45-caliber pistol was stopped and arrested after trying to enter Malacanang Palace.

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.

Malacanang has been facing criticisms lately following a report saying the President is for amending the Constitution, specifically on the provision limiting a president’s term. Critics said it was an insult to the legacy of Aquino’s parents, who fought the Marcos dictatorship.

Aquino’s communications team has been giving mixed statements on the President’s plans for 2016.