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Panelo mulls blocking cell phone signals in Bilibid: ‘All you have to do is cut that off’

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By Prince Golez

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said he will suggest to President Rodrigo Duterte to remove cell phone signals inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

Panelo issued the remark Monday following reports that Bilibid inmates can access through the internet from prison.

“All you have to do is cut that off. Who will cut that off? Syempre the operator ng Smart, ng Globe. The law should require them to stop the signal, the operation of a particular use of communication system within the area,” the chief presidential legal counsel said.

He added that it would be similar to the signal-jamming protocol during official state visits.

“Simple lang yan. Madali rin yan solusyunan. Bakit naman pag merong state visit bakit bigla tayong walang cellphone… Kung yan lang ang problema, kung nakaka-aggravate sa problem, eh di tanggalin na lang natin,” he added.

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