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Ex-ISAFP chief out of running as NPO chief

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Ex-police general Hizon gets post

By Joel Guinto
First Posted 15:32:00 03/18/2009

MANILA, Philippines – A retired Navy officer linked to the alleged wiretapping of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo failed to secure his appointment as chief of the National Printing Office (NPO).

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said Servando Hizon, a retired police general, was appointed as NPO chief, and not retired vice admiral Tirso Danga, as announced last January.

Palace officials could not immediately explain why Danga failed to get the NPO post.

Hizon, like Danga, has a strong intelligence background, retiring as chief of the Directorate for Intelligence of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Danga headed the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) and was deputy chief of staff for intelligence.

He retired as chief of the Western Command in Palawan.

In an interview with reporters last January 28, Ermita said Danga was set to assume the NPO post, although he acknowledged not seeing the appointment papers yet.

“Danga by the nature of his posture in the military, especially having retired as an intelligence officer, definitely he is very, very qualified for that job,” Ermita had said then.

Danga was ISAFP chief during the 2004 elections, when the unit allegedly tapped phone conversations between Arroyo and then elections commissioner Virgilio Garcillano.

The tapes, which purportedly caught Arroyo and Garcillano talking of plans to rig the election results, were leaked in June 2005, when Danga was deputy AFP chief for intelligence.

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