In a press conference on Monday, September 26, Department of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre revealed that two powerful signal jammers are going to be installed in Building 14 of the Maximum Security Compound in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
This is seemingly a proactive response to the barrage of illegal activities, including the proliferation of illegal drug trade, inside the national penitentiary that has rocked the nation since last month.
Previous news reports revealed that despite the implementation of strict security measures, inspections and multiple raids inside the national penitentiary, inmates are still able to sneak in illegal contrabands such liquor, gadgets, weapons, and drugs.
Secretary Aguirre revealed that the new and more powerful signal jammers are worth about PHP2 million each. They were bought from South Korea, and were donated by a Filipino businessman whom he refused to name and identify.
The new signal jammers are ten times more powerful than their predecessors inside the national prison, and could effectively jam all types of signals, including UHF, VHF and CDMA. They can also jam GRPS, 3G, 4G and LTE signals for up to an area of 1,200 square meters each.
These signal jammers are intended to curb the communications of the inmates inside the prison facility, rendering useless their cellphones, TV sets, radios and even their Wi-Fi signals. This is also to address the ineffective signal jammers that inmates were previously able to by-pass to continue their illegal transactions.
According to Secretary Aguirre, the installation personnel of the signal jammers told him that the New Bilibid Prison needed to have a tower-type signal jammer in order to effectively cover all nine hectares of the Maximum Security Compound.
The Justice Secretary also asked the public for assistance, and appealed for more donations of signal jammers to curb the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison.