Anti-tsismis (gossip) and anti-ingay (noise) policy is strictly implemented in at least seven villages in the town of Binalonan, Pangasinan.
According to reports, Barangay Capas is one of the barangays implementing the unusual ordinanance of anti-tsismis policy, and will be imposing fines to its violators.
Anti-tsismis and anti-ingay violators will be fined P300 for the first offense, P500 for the second offense, and P1,000 for the third offense.
On top of the offenses, it was also reported that those who will not abide to the policy are equired to render community service.
Meanwhile, Atty. Geraldine Baniqued, Provincial Legal Officer of Pangasinan, reportedly said that residents have rights to freedom of expression and speech, but these rights are not absolute, especially if it leads to harm.
“May freedom of speech, expression…but sometimes, ‘yung mga rights na ito hindi absolute…we also have to take consideration yung rights ng iba…the right of one person to his dignity and the right to expression and also if others right will be violated like yung freedom niya or dignity niya ss a person,” she said.
Allegedly, gossiping within the barangay also sometimes lead to conflicts within the neighborhood. This encouraged barangay officials to implement the law.
“Kasi yun yung simula ng awayan tsaka walang magandang maidudulot ang tsismis [Rumors start conflicts. Rumors don’t bring any good at all],” Barangay Captain Danilo Tabucol Sr. said.
Other barangays who are implementing ati-tsismis and anti-ingay ordinance were, Barangays Moreno, Pasileng Sur, Cili, Vacante, San Felipe Central, and Dumayat.
Further, the local government of Binalonan allegedly eyes the implementation of the said ordinance in all barangays in town.