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4 nabbed for selling signal jammers

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MANILA, Philippines—Police seized 14 signal jamming devices and arrested a store owner and his three employees selling them in Caloocan City,  Philippine National Police chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr. said Friday.

The arrests came after the PNP warned the public of the legal repercussions of possessing and using signal jammers, especially on the day of the midterm elections next month.

Cerbo  identified the arrested suspects as Giovanni Penaloza Dee Tan, owner of Zellnor International Merchandising and Brand Philippine.Com Inc., and his three employees identified as Matthew Kagalingan Mercado, Rommel Buergo Ogo, and Betsayda Legaspina Bueda.

The suspects were arrested in an entrapment operation conducted by the PNP’s Anti-Cybercrime Group at 79 and 84, 4th Avenue, Grace Park, Caloocan City after authorities recieved information the suspects were selling signal jammers online.

“The informant was able to communicate through the given cellular phone number by the seller posted on a website called www.sulit.com.,” Cerbo said.

As a result of the operation, 14 units of signal jamming devices were confiscated, he said.

Authorities earlier warned that using signal jammers during the May 13 elections is a criminal offense and punishable with at least eight years of imprisonment.

Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes said the use of signal jammers near polling centers could “delay” the transmission of vote returns.

“We want to make sure that the credibility of the elections is [preserved], and this interference in the transmission will definitely affect the credibility. So, we want to ensure that transmission [of the results] will not be affected,” Brillantes said, but stressed that contingency plans are already in place if delays arise during the transmission process.


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Tags: Crime , Elections 2013 , Jammer

  • Pio Gante

    kahit anong higpit makakagawa pa rin ng paraan, i-google mo lang meron ka nang website na mapapasok para makagawa ang isang techie ng homemade na jammer.

  • pepito gwaps

    they were nabbed selling… how about those were not caught?? means it is rampant. … there might be a big distributor/s of that device. Expect they will use them to take adva tage during election time.

  • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

    I first noticed cell signal jammers on Santuario De San Antonio parish church in Forbes a long time ago. Long time ago means that there were other systems that were not GSM, so you can imagine when.

    Before that, people with cell phones would usually ring disrupting mass service.

    That is why I wouldn’t say jammers are all for bad purposes.

  • iping2sison

    Signal jammers are now being used by criminal syndicates in western countries as these are openly sold. PH authorities should restrict the use of these equipment and make sure all users should be authorized to install and use them for legitimate purposes.

  • opinyonlangpo

    In some countries jammers are sold openly but there are restrictions as to where it can be installed. Knowing the Filipino people, these gadgets are too dangerous as they can be used to commit crimes or mischiefs. More fun in the Philippines.



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