Who is Neil Llamanzares?

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By Perry Diaz

Grace-Poe-and-Neil-LlamanzaresRecently, Teodoro Daniel Misael V. Llamanzares has come to the limelight of Philippine politics. For “Neil” – that’s his moniker — who had held a top secret job in the United States, he’d be expected to avoid publicity, let alone people spying into his background. That would certainly make him uneasy because his former employer, Scientific Applications International Corporation (SAIC), happens to be a spy outfit. SAIC has a symbiotic relationship with the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). For years, SAIC was NSA’s largest contractor, earning the nickname ‘NSA West’ inside the intelligence community. Would it be accurate to classify Neil as a “spy” when he worked for SAIC?

SAIC-HQ-HuntsvilleAccording to the article, “Washington’s $8 Billion Shadow,” published in Vanity Fair Magazine on February 6, 2007, SAIC is the biggest and most powerful of the government contractors. At that time, SAIC had 9,000 government contracts, many of which involved secret intelligence work; hence, it was called a “stealth company.” It had 44,000 employees at that time and took in $8 billion the previous year, including a lot of the “expertise” behind the Iraq War.

With all the wars and crises going on now, it makes one wonder how SAIC is doing these days? Open Source Investigations (OSI) – which is comprised of investigative journalists, researchers, analysts, and fact-checkers – said that SAIC is the largest private intelligence service in the world.

Body shop

CIA-science-of-spyingNeil Llamanzares’ connection to America’s intelligence community surfaced when a curious De La Salle professor, Antonio Contreras, checked Llamanzares’ background in the Internet. And what he uncovered was a can of worms! As it turned out, SAIC is a “body shop” that provides expertise to the intelligence agencies in the following areas: weapons, homeland security, surveillance, computer systems, information dominance, and information warfare. Neil worked for SAIC as an “Area Manager/Systems Architect” from November 2004 to April 2006. He was assigned to the U.S. intelligence agencies; e.g., NSA, CIA, DIA.

It’s interesting to note what OSI had posted on its website. It said: “In the verified answer submitted to the [Philippines’] Senate Electoral Tribunal, Grace Poe said that she returned to the Philippines in May 2005 while her husband ‘stayed in the U.S.A. to finish pending projects and to arrange for the sale of the family home there’.

Grace-Poe-mansion-US“That was a partial truth in Grace Poe’s web of lies.

“Neil Llamanzares did stay in the US until May 2006. He did sell their million-dollar mansion. And he did have very important projects to finish. But both Grace Poe and her husband kept the nature of those important projects secret.

“And that is because the Philippine presidential candidate’s husband is a former US Intelligence contractor.”

Neil’s American projects

Computer-screenIf anyone wondered what “pending projects” Neil might have been finishing, the following are some of the projects that OSI identified as within the scope of his employment with SAIC:

NSA’s Trailblazer – a new computer system able to store, sort and give meaning to the massive volume of telephone, e-mail, and other electronic communications that the NSA intercepts worldwide (including in the Philippines).

DIA and CIA’s Office of Strategic Influence – a program designed to feed disinformation to the foreign press (including to the press in the Philippines).

DIA’s Joint Intelligence Operation Center – a worldwide group of joint intelligence organizations that gather, interpret, and act on information collected by the DIA and its sister agencies, NSA, NGA, and NRO (including from the Philippines).

Military life

Prior to Neil’s employment at SAIC, he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1988 to 1992. When Neil married Grace Poe in the Philippines in 1991, the couple moved to America where Neil was then in active duty in the U.S. Air Force.

But these facts were contrary to what Grace had told a gathering of Filipino-Americans in Los Angeles on June 14, 2014. She talked about her “immigrant life in the U.S.” She claimed that her husband got a job in the U.S. and decided to live as immigrants in America where “opportunities are limitless for those who work hard.”

That was a bunch of lies! First, Neil was already in active military service in the U.S. when they got married. Secondly, Neil is an American citizen. Thirdly, they lived a military life in a military base, which by no means can be called “immigrant life.”

Mutation

Evidently, Grace tried to identify herself with the Filipino-American community, but the truth is she was detached from it. There were no records or history of Grace getting involved in the Fil-Am community for the two decades that she lived in the U.S.

Interestingly, Grace has yet to publicly acknowledge that Neil was formerly enlisted in the U.S. military and that his most recent job was with an espionage mega-contractor. One thing – and only one thing – could come to mind why she was quiet about all these. Could it be that she didn’t want the Philippine electorate to think that she could be controlled by the CIA through Neil who could still be under the influence of SAIC?

Grace-Poe-Chinese-flagOr perhaps, Grace’s veil of secrecy is intended to blunt any attempt to discredit her pronounced “anti-American” campaign rhetoric, which seems to be just a ploy to mutate her image as an “American military wife living in a military base housing.”

House of cards

It did not then come as a surprise that many Filipinos perceive Grace as an “American puppet,” hence her endeavor to distance herself from the U.S. But the fact remains that her husband – who is a dual citizen — has yet to renounce his American citizenship. What’s taking him so long? Grace explained that the process has been started. However, she pointed out that renunciation of one’s U.S. citizenship requires providing information of his or her whereabouts over the last five years, which raises the question: Why is it taking Neil so long to declare where he had been? His U.S. passport should show all his travels outside the country.

But a persistent rumor is going around that Neil would renounce his American citizenship after the election. Can that be qualified to say: “…only if Grace wins”? There is a Filipino term for that – “sigurista.” But for now they are living in a “house of cards,” which could collapse at the slightest whiff of political miscalculation. But keeping his American citizenship would guarantee his return to the U.S. if and when he decides to go back. And with his experience working for SAIC before, he might even be rehired to his old job.

With all the intrigue and political games being played, the question remains: Who is Neil Llamanzares? Is he really an American spy or just an opportunist who is playing a very dangerous version of Russian roulette; that is, five bullets and one empty chamber?

(PerryDiaz@gmail.com)


25 Responses. Have your say.

  1. What Neil Llamanzares does has no significance in Philippine politics. He happened to be blessed with that opportunity, and what you have described as the nature of the business of his employer is no surprise to anyone here in the US. Grace Poe’s million dollar home was probably not bought in cash either, typical here in the US. Questions about Grace’s background should be done by now. Focus on her agenda and strength she offers to the Philippines. I expect more from you Perry Diaz because you’re familiar with situations stateside. Sounds like mere propaganda to me.

    • perry says:

      Hi Angelito,

      This is not propaganda. It’s factual information on a person who might become the “First Gentleman” of the Philippines. As scuh he would be the most powerful person next only to the president. From the Arroyo administration, we all know what damage a bad “First Gentleman” could do to the country. Since Neil is a foreigner and a former intelligence contractor in the service of the SAIC/NSA/CIA/DIA complex, we don’t know where his loyalty lies. Needless to say, since he’s a American citizen, it would be fair to presume that his loyalty is to the U.S. Sad to say, if Grace is elected president of the Philippines, this would be the first time in the history of the republic that an alien family would occupy Malacanang.

      Perry

      • philip says:

        Hi Perry,

        Walang katakataka sa sinulat mo. Ang pagkatao ni Grace Poe ay balatkayo lahat, simula pa sa kaniyang pagsilang sa mundo. Hanggang hindi si pumayag mag-DNA kay Bongbong, isa ako na naniniwala kung sino ang mga tunay niyang magulang. Bukod sa mga isiniwalat mo, nagsinungalin din siya sa kaniyang fake SSN na ginamit niya sa pagbili ng bahay sa America at COC niya sa pagka-senador. Sabi nga ni Susan, ang sinungalin ay kapatid ng magnanakaw kaya bahala na kung sino man ang boboto pa rin sa kaniya. Kawawa ka, Inang Pilipinas, hindi ka na nahango sa pighati at dalita. Ay, naku!!!

        Philip

    • HanielG says:

      On the contrary there’s a possible conflict of interest. When Grace Poe’s campaign tries to exploit the background and statements of her rivals, particularly Duterte, why should she be treated differently? Publc servants, especially those occupying the highest position in the land should be scrutinized thoroughly. That’s the trade-off. You want the Presidency, you’re public property. It’s hard where to draw the thin line between private and public lfe. If you don’t want your private life scrutinized, don’t run for public office. Simple as that.

    • Hermy Velarde says:

      Remember Mike Arroyo of the famed FGA? He influenced all GMA decisions specially if it concerns money.

  2. pat talens says:

    Agree with Perry Diaz. Besides, Poe-Llamanzares’ presidential candidacy is illegal and contravening to what the Constitution says on eligibility for presidential campaign. Should she gets elected, her presidency will be subject to long term litigation—as it will be fraudulent in the eyes of many—while the welfare of the people and the machineries of government are sidelined and ignored. Thus, Llamanzares should have not been allowed to run!

  3. Leboy says:

    How come grace poe is hiding her identity.. She’s not a poe…

  4. Fernando Habito says:

    Ms.Angelita Felixberto got a shortsighted perception of the Grace Poe Llamanzares political game of deception and lies.

  5. Don Azarias says:

    Perry,

    “Who is Neil Llamanzares?” Who cares? He can go to hell for all I care.

    Don

  6. Martin C. Celemin says:

    Perry,

    This is quite a revealation, a bomshell!
    Many Fiipinos, including myself, never knew
    that Grace Poe’s husband worked at the spy mega contractor SAIC contracted by the CIA, NSA and others in the spy business. Why Grace Poe(GP) has tried to hide these facts from the Filipinos? Now I do not trust her.

    • JB says:

      Perry and Others. Bomb Shell Indeed. I am totally shocked and amazed that an employee of a Spy agency would not reveal the nature and duties of their employment and that their spouses would help them maintain their anonymity. No wonder that you are amazed and disappointed.

      Who in the Philippines would ever do such a thing or approve an 81 Million Dollar money laundering cash transfer. We don’t need more of that. Maybe the SAIC could help keep an eye on that sort of thing.

      OMG, Perhaps he even alerted Philippine Authorities to NPA, BFF, Abu Sayyaf and other political terrorist threats, kidnappings and beheadings. Shame on him.
      The only good spy is a dead spy, right?
      Amazing how much James Bond is admired and how well those movies do in the Philippines and all over the world.

      But this isn’t a movie. It’s real life.
      Do we want other countries reading our mail?

      But, clearly, I miss the point. The facts are there. It’s the slant given them that takes it from a News story to that allows Filipinos to read and make their own decisions, to dare I say, “Yellow Journalism?”

      By the standards of some of the opinions expressed here, all Senators, Congress persons and Chief Executives and Military are traitors because they accepted outside help to against China against its Invasion, call it as it is, of the Spratly Islands and aid against our own criminal gangs and terrorists.

      I wonder how many of those calling Poe a traitor have demonstrated their own loyalty to our country by serving to defend it in our own military Services?

    • JB says:

      Perry and Others. Bomb Shell Indeed. I am totally shocked and amazed that an employee of a Spy agency would not reveal the nature and duties of their employment and that their spouses would help them maintain their anonymity. No wonder that you are amazed and disappointed.

      Who in the Philippines would ever do such a thing or approve an 81 Million Dollar money laundering cash transfer. We don’t need more of that. Maybe the SAIC could help keep an eye on that sort of thing.

      OMG, Perhaps he even alerted Philippine Authorities to NPA, BFF, Abu Sayyaf and other political terrorist threats, kidnappings and beheadings. Shame on him.
      The only good spy is a dead spy, right?
      Amazing how much James Bond is admired and how well those movies do in the Philippines and all over the world.

      But this isn’t a movie. It’s real life.
      Do we want other countries reading our mail?

      But, clearly, I miss the point. The facts are there. It’s the slant given them that takes it from a News story that allows Filipinos to read and make their own decisions, to dare I say, “Yellow Journalism?”

      By the standards of some of the opinions expressed here, all Senators, Congress persons and Chief Executives and Military are traitors because they accepted outside help against China, against its Invasion, call it as it is, of the Spratly Islands and to aid us against our own criminal gangs and terrorists.

      I wonder how many of those calling Poe a traitor have demonstrated their own loyalty to our country by serving to defend it in our own military Services?

  7. Bitoy says:

    This is wha I am saying all along!

    They are all along a bunch of opportunist!

    I wonder, who encourage Grace to run is a traitor to the country!

  8. leoparas says:

    ANA: “Lumagablab ang mga BICKER (nagtalo-talong) bloggers re SC Resolution released on Saturday which retained its 9 – 6 vote granting Gracia’s plea against her DQ, finding that the Comelec had committed grave abuse of discretion in cancelling her COC! Sabi ng SC, ‘the court only had to rule on Gracia’s grave abuse plea against the Comelec. Questions about Gracia’s citizenship & residency may & should only be settled when the court sits as the PET thru a Quo Warranto petition!”

    LISA: “NALILIGALIG (in turmoil) ang buong electorate sa desisyong ito ng SC, noh! Kase, hindi naman ang kaso ng NBFC at residency ni Gracia ang pinagbotohan ng SC, kundi ang grave abuse of discretion kuno ng Comelec dahil sa pagbasura nito ng COC para prisidinti ni Gracia, o, hah! Para bagang sinasabi ng SC na kelangang MANALO MUNA si Gracia sa eleksiyon bago siya sampahan ng petition for QUO WARRANTO (a writ demanding by what authority a person claims an office).”

    CION: “Kung UUKILKILIN mo ‘day, manalo man halimbawa si Gracia sa eleksiyon, eh hindi siya TATANTANAN ng mga dissenters hangga’t hindi siya napapatalsik bilang prisidinti thru people power, peksman. Posibleng magkakaroon uli ng panibagong kasuhan sa pagitan naman ng nanalong vice president at ang nag-number 2 sa presidential race kung sino sa kanilang dalawa ang papalit sa napatalsik ng panggulo, o, ‘di ba? Ang suma-tutal, madali nang masasakop ng China ang Pilipinas!!!”

  9. Constantino Gamolo says:

    Hi Perry,
    Whoever is Grace Poe, why not the Supreme Court decide now that she is not qualified to run as president before the election? If she wins, how do the Filipinos expect her to devote full time on the job?

  10. lindz says:

    I had not been aware of the existence of Globalbalita.com until The Daily Tribune’s Ms. Ninez-Cacho Olivares mentioned and referred to it in her opinion column today. So I decided to check it out and read Percy Diaz’ opinion re: Neil Llamanzares.

    I am impressed by the amount of info and number of facts listed in Mr. Diaz’ column. He has done quite a bit of research and good investigative work. We hardly knew anything about LYING Grace’s husband. Now we do! Kudos and congrats, Mr. Diaz. I will now visit Global Balita regularly.

  11. Miguelito Orillaza says:

    #GracePoeShameOnYou
    #GracePoeTraitorToFilipinoPeople
    #GracePoeWhoReallyIsNielLlamanzares
    #NeilLlamanzaresSAICCIAOperativeInThePhilippines
    #HowAboutYouGarcePoeWhatIsYourRole???

  12. Miguelito Orillaza says:

    #Grace Poe Shame On You. You betrays Filipinos
    #Grace Poe Traitor To Filipinos
    #WhoIs Noel Llamanzares to the Filipinos
    #A Officer of SAIC largest and biggest Intillegence Contractor for CIA NSA and DIA.
    Let’s us be very cautious and aware of activities of Niel Llamanzares a former USAirforce personnel. Before joining SAIC.

  13. carmenrosales says:

    Dual citizen pa nga ba talaga si Neil Llamanzares dahil bagamat mga Pilipino pa ang kaniyang mga magulang at ipinanganak sa Amerika noong siya ay ipinanganak kung kaya’ t siya ay isang NBFC at American cittixen batay sa Constitution ng dalawang bansa pagkatapos niyang magtrabaho sa US Air Force at SAIC. Ang sagot ay oo dual citizen pa rin siya dahil hindi hinihingi ng 2 ahensiya na tumalikod sa pagiging Pilipino para makapagtrabaho sa kanila. Kailangan lamang ang pagiging US citizen at pagpasa sa clearance approval.

    • philip says:

      Hindi siya puwedeng dual citizen dahil naipanganak siya na American citizen na. Mga dating Filipino citizen lang ang puwedeng mag-dual.

  14. Why is it so rampant to ‘fool’Filipinos? Maybe we are so trusting? Great news reporting Perry. Salamat!

  15. cito tican says:

    When in a desperate situation, Marilyn Donato, you don’t care who you trust. 16million voters trusted Du30. Those who trusted him about his promises to get rid of crimes in six months, to get rid of traffic problems in metro Manila, to bring down prices of rice are FOOLS. EXCEPT his promises to bury FM at libingan ng mga bayani, to free Revilla, Estrada and GMA.

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