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Former Spy Agency Boss Going To National Printing Office

January 25, 2009


Raised eyebrows are greeting news about a retired admiral, more precisely a former chief of Armed Forces military intelligence service, being pressed into government service anew.

Nothing basically wrong there, some would probably say.

Filipino military men are well educated and are known to have good management skills, coupled with their sworn obeisance to the appointing authority.

But wait.

The person in question is one retired admiral Tirso Danga.

Name sounds familiar?

Well, the 2-star officer (who upon retirement was promoted to 3-star rank as is customary) is taking over the helm of the sensitive National Printing or NPO.

This is the same office that prints all accountable government forms including the OFFICIAL BALLOT AND THE ELECTION RETURNS FORM.

Yes, these sacred documents ARE USED in all elections.

Mr. Danga’s name last shot to prominence when ISAFP’s name was dragged into the infamous ‘Hello Garci Scandal’ a.k.a the wiretapped telephone conversations COMELEC Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano had with a lady widely thought to be Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

It remains unclear to this day who or what entiy leaked the tapes.

Mrs. Arroyo has never admitted it was her voice on those recordings.

But she did say “I am sorry” for calling an elections official to inquire about the progress of the vote count in the 2004 presidential elections.

You go figure.

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