Danga, a gung-ho Navy officer, who earlier served as operations chief (N-3) and intelligence chief (N-2) of the Philippine Navy, is a member of PMA "Makabayan" Class 1975.He
learned the ropes from a master spyman, retired Brigadier General Roland Pattugalan, a widely respected Isafp chief during the '80s.
A native of San Pablo, Isabela, Danga
is the oldest in a family of eight.His
father is a retired Army enlisted man, while his
mother, to help out with family expenses, took in work as a laundrywoman and when he
graduated from the Academy he
pitched in to see his
younger siblings through school.During his
early years in the Navy, he
acquired the nickname "Pip
" which was the monicker of Tirso Cruz III, then a teen movie idol.He was one of the first in his class to make it to star rank while serving as camp commander of Camp Aguinaldo, home of the Armed Forces in Quezon City.
As Isafp chief, he
recently broke up a gang of intelligence personnel who were selling mission orders to civilians, charging them 7,500 pesos per order.
had given his
imprimatur, "Robotic" was set in motion and supported by units of the 104th Brigade, the operations resulted in the December 7 arrest.
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For a public long frustrated and cynical about announcements from the Armed Forces concerning dragnets or cordons being thrown around escaping bandits or rebels, only to come up empty-handed, it was welcome news for a change.For a public skeptical about the use of intelligence funds by the Armed Forces, the capture of Robot provided fresh hope that with the right leadership the AFP could deliver as expected.
On Friday, officers and men of MIG 9, along with Pip Danga
, spent the evening together in a joyful Christmas celebration.