Celso shares NTC report on jamming PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 January 2016 12:01

District 1 Congressman Celso Lobregat has officially received the initial investigation report of the National Telecommunications Commission, Regional Office 9 on the reported signal jamming while Lobregat was delivering his State of the City Report last Jan. 12, this year at Centro Latino, Paseo del Mar.

Lobregat called a press conference on Thursday morning and shared with the media the initial investigation report submitted and addressed to him by NTC Regional Director Edgardo R. Celorico.

Lobregat said the media should take interest in this issue since they can also be considered as victims of the signal jamming.

Lobregat described the NTC report as simply an initial investigation as the report of NTC Technical Engineer Carlo Mario Jacobe, covers interviews conducted with technicians belonging to only two different stations, one TV and another Radio.

Jacobe reported that on Jan. 15, he talked to Rene Sohor, a technician of RMN who admitted that they encountered signal interruption during the SOCA.  Sohor was quoted by Jacobe to have said that maybe it was because of the jamming device that the military had put-up for its security in the area and the use of wireless devices like cellular phones and others will be unavailable.

Sohor further said in response to Jacobe’s query that they have hybrid connection via wired system to prevent interruption during their live streaming (voice only).

Jacobe also reported having called up GBPI TV 11 Chief Technician Mateo Suero who was the duty technician who admitted noticing signal interruption during their live telecast at around 11:45 am and for about 15 minutes while Congressman Lobregat was delivering his speech. According to Suero, this was also the complaint of other stations. Quoting Suero further, Jacobe reported that this did not happen during their installation of their equipment at around 8:00 am and prior to the speech of Congressman Lobregat.

Furthermore, Jacobe said Suero reported to him that he noticed the jamming device and that there was no signal interruption before and after the speech of Congressman Lobregat.

Lobregat said he only learned that he was cut-off the-air both in the radio and TV coverage after he delivered his message. People started calling and texting him why he was cut-off on air while he was delivering his speech. He was informed that the live TV and radio coverage was an uninterrupted and there was no jamming throughout the speech of Mayor Isabel Climaco Salazar. The interruption/jamming was only occurred when he was delivering his speech. — Lea LM