Phone signal jammers ‘last resort’ – BJMP

first_imgMondejar, meanwhile, saw nothing wrong withthe use of signal jammers at the IDJ. He said these devices in fact enhance thesecurity measures at the prison facility./PN ILOILO – “Last resort.” This was howSuperintendent Gilbert Peremne, assistant regional director for administrationof the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), described his office’sdecision to install cellphone signal jammers at the Iloilo District Jail (IDJ)in Barangay Nanga, Pototan town. Six signal jammers were installed at the IDJin June to prevent inmates with mobile phones from making outside transactionssuch as trafficking illegal drugs. This Nov. 19 the SP committees on Public Orderand Security, Transportation and Communication and Public Utilities will beconducting an ocular inspection at the IDJ. Representatives from the NationalTelecommunications Commission Region 6 would be joining the inspection, too.The focus would be the range or coverage of the signal jammers. “In the event the inspection would show thatthe coverage is over 20 meters, the SP could issue a resolution calling for itto be scaled down to only within the IDJ vicinity para indi maka-apekto sa mga residents sang Barangay Nanga,” said Mondejar. BJMP tried everything to stop the smuggling ofcontrabands such as illegal drugs and mobile phones into the prison facility,he said, such as inspecting jail visitors and the things they bring inside. For his part, Palabrica urged the localoffices of concerned government agencies – National TelecommunicationsCommission, Philippine National Police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, andBJMP – to draw up a plan to secure the IDJ but at the same time relieveBarangay Nanga residents of the inconvenience caused by the signal jammers. “This matter has serious implications on theeconomic and social life of residents in this barangay. They cannot optimizetheir livelihood activities or stay in contact with families and relativeselsewhere. Life nowadays is so dependent on cellular communications,” Palabricastressed. According to SP member June Mondejar,chairperson of the Committee on Public Order and Security, the inspectionshould settle the matter. “Residents within the 300-meter radius of thefacility cannot send text messages or make phone calls or use the internetadequately. The main center of the barangay which is 100 meters away isseverely affected, too. Official communication to other government agencies,especially in emergency situations, cannot be conducted 24/7,” lamentedPalabrica.center_img Peremne clarified that the BJMP nationalheadquarters is in fact requiring all jails with over 1,000 inmate-populationto have phone signal jammers. Last week, Palabrica said the signal jammerswere inconveniencing Barangay Nanga residents living nearby. Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) member MattPalabrica, however, slammed the move as a cover-up to the incompetence of jailguards to secure the prison facility. Signal jammers are not the answer to thenagging issue of drug or contraband control and apprehension, added Palabrica. Iloilo District Jail (IDJ) in Barangay Nanga, Pototan town. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN The IDJ, designed to accommodate some 2,000inmates, currently has a population of 1,529, said Peremne. Peremne, however, insisted that the IDJ signaljamming devices have a radial coverage of 20 meters at the most. “The answer lies in the integrity andcompetence of the leadership and personnel of the BJMP,” he said.last_img read more

Trojan tandem plays with the big boys

first_imgThe World Cup. The Super Bowl. The World Series.Every sport has its championship competition.Big stage · Daniel Nguyen, along with soon-to-be teammate J.T. Sundling, gets his shot at the US Open. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanFor tennis, one of the more renowned and prestigious competitions is the US Open.Today, USC sophomore Daniel Nguyen and freshman J.T. Sundling will compete in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., at that very tournament.“It’s definitely one of the highlights in my tennis career,” Nguyen said.“This is definitely the coolest thing I’ve ever done,” Sundling added.It’s not much of a surprise that the two teenagers, who have known each other since they were nine, would find success as a doubles pair. Nguyen played a key role in USC’s NCAA team championship in May and while Sundling leaves high school as one of the more decorated players in the nation.To earn a wildcard entry into the tournament, the pair, who had the No. 1 seed, won the Boys 18s National Outdoor Hardcourt Championship in Kalamazoo, Mich. Each year the doubles and singles champions earn a draw in the US Open.“Well we were both really excited before we got here, but once we got here and we see how they treat all the players, it’s pretty amazing,” Sundling said.But the road to the US Open has not been easy for the Trojan duo. While they defeated their first four opponents in Kalamazoo in straight sets, semifinal competition proved to be more challenging.Nguyen and Sundling lost the first set 4-6 to Mitchell Frank and Junior Ore, but came roaring back in the second to take it 6-0. The third set ended in a 6-4 decision for Nguyen and Sundling, advancing them to the final round.The final round was no less of a challenge. With Sundling serving at 4-5 in the first set, Sekou Coker Bangoura and Nathan Pasha had several opportunities to close out the set. Sundling and Nguyen, however, fought back to take the set 7-6(2) and the next set 6-3 to secure their ticket to New York.“The semis and the finals were tough,” Nguyen said. “We almost lost the first set in the final. We were down three set points so it was really close.”Sundling and Nguyen are no strangers to the Kalamazoo tournament. Back in 2006, when the duo first teamed up, they walked away with a doubles championship in the Boys 16s age group. That should have earned them a ticket to the US Open juniors, but luck was not on their side and they did not receive the wildcard entry.This year, however, a dream becomes a reality for both Sundling and Nguyen as they take off for New York to compete against world-class tennis players.“I’ve been dreaming about it since I was a kid, being here with all the tennis players that I look up to,” Nguyen said. “Just seeing Roger Federer in the locker room and saying, ‘What’s up?’”As expected when dealing with a tournament as prestigious as the US Open, the first round competition for Sundling and Nguyen will be far from easy. First up for the Trojan duo are Maximo Gonzalez and Juan Monaco of Argentina.The Argentinean pair has enjoyed steady careers in professional tennis, with Monaco earning more than $2 million in prize money. In 2008, Monaco and Gonzalez teamed up at the US Open and reached the semifinal round before being eliminated.“We’re just going to take each match point by point and see how it goes,” Nguyen said.Former Trojan and NCAA doubles champion [with now senior Robert Farah] Kaes Van’t Hof will also compete in the US Open doubles competition.In the 2009 NCAA season, Nguyen teamed up with Abdullah Magdas in doubles en route to a team title. Magdas has since completed his eligibility and will be the only member of the 2009 championship squad not returning. Sundling, however, seems like he’ll fit in just fine on the championship team as well as possibly in the role of Nguyen’s doubles partner.“We complement each other,” Nguyen said. “He’s got a big serve and I’ve got a great return.”last_img read more