"Seven barangays (villages) in the town of Binalonan, Pangasinan are now strictly implementing an anti-tsismis (gossip) and anti-ingay (noise) policy," reports Elaine Fulgencio on ABS-CBN News Online.
Barangay Capas, one of the barangays implementing the unusual ordinance, will impose fines on violators. First-time offenders pay P300. Then, it's P500 for the second offense and P1,000 for the third offense. Moreover, all violators are also required to render community service.
Atty. Geraldine Baniqued, provincial legal officer of Pangasinan, explained that the village leaders came up with the ordinance because gossip and rumors caused conflicts within the neighborhoods.
For his part, Capas barangay chief Danilo Tabucol Sr. said, "Kasi 'yun 'yung simula ng awayan tsaka walang magandang maidudulot ang tsismis (Rumors start conflicts. Rumors don't bring any good at all)."
The report noted that "aside from Barangay Capas, other barangays that implement the anti-tsismis ordinance are Barangays Moreno, Pasileng Sur, Cili, Vacante, San Felipe Central, and Dumayat."