THE Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) welcomed the proposal to install signal jammers inside the Iloilo District Jail (IDJ) at Brgy. Nanga, Pototan to prevent illegal drug deals between inmates and their cohorts.
Superintendent Jhon Montero, IDJ warden, said the equipment will help them stop the continued illegal drug operations emanating from the jail using cellular phones.
“No matter how much we guard the facility, there are still illegal activities that are able to slip past. Our area is an open field and it is susceptible to ‘ober the bakod’ transactions,” he said.
Montero said they do not have enough personnel to watch over the more or less 5-hectare facility.
IDJ only has nine personnel guarding the entire facility.
The jail warden added that the 16 closed circuit televisions (CCTVs) only cover strategic areas.
Meanwhile, Montero said inmates are allowed to use one common cellular phone to contact their relatives and friends in the presence of a duty officer.
The Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) earlier requested the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) to pass a resolution urging local government units to support the deployment of signal jammers at the provincial jail.
IPPO director Senior Superintendent Marlon Tayaba claimed high value inmates detained at the provincial jail continued to elicit drug activities using communication equipment.
Some of the high value targets detained at the facility are Jesus “Jing-Jing” Espinosa, Rolando “Apa” Torpio, and the nephews of slain alleged drug lord Richard “Buang” Prevendido, among others.