Saying No to Gossip.

Position:PHILIPPINES
 
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One town in the Philippines is taking a stand against gossip. More than half a dozen neighborhoods in the town of Binalonan have now made it illegal to spread what Filipinos call chismis-rumors about things like finances and relationships. In the Philippines, many neighborhoods have their own governments, and those representatives are often called in to deal with drama between residents. Binalonan officials say this ban will free up their time to focus on more urgent community affairs. Residents have a good incentive not to violate the rule, as first-time offenders must complete three hours of community service and are fined 200 pesos (around...

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