- Two powerful signal jammers will be installed inside the Building 14 at the Maximum Security compound of the NBP
- The Building 14 houses 53 high-profile inmates
- The signal jammers, worth P2 million each, were donated by a Filipino businessman who refused to be named
Two powerful signal jammers will be installed at the Building 14 inside the Maximum Security compound of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in a bid to cut off inmates’ communication with people outside the penitentiary in order to stop illegal drug transactions.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said the signal jammers, worth P2 million each that were donated by a Filipino businessman whom he did not identify, will replace the old ones which are unreliable. The new signal jammers are 10 times more powerful than the improvised jammers installed inside the prison facility.
As mentioned in a Sun Star article dated September 26, 2016, the gadgets, once installed, could block all types of signals, including UHF, VHF and CDMA signals. Inmates within the range of the signal jammers, will not be able to use their cellphones, television sets, radios and wi-fi. Each jammer can cover 1,200 square meter area.
Aguirre appealed to the public to donate more signal jammers to cover the entire NBP. A tower-type cellsite jammer is needed for Maximum Security compound according to the installers of the gadgets.
The Inquirer noted that despite the series of raids to rid the penitentiary of illegal contrabands, inmates still managed to sneak in mobile phones.