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Bawal ang tsismis! Aklan town takes action vs. rumor mongers

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The local government units of Makato in Aklan province seeks to punish rumor mongering.

Sangguniang Bayan (SB) member Abencio Torres III filed the anti-gossiping initiative that aims to prevent the spread of malicious stories and speculations in the community.

The proposal entitled “An Ordinance defining Malicious Gossips and Insidious Rumor-mongering known as Anti-Tsismis of Makato, Aklan” is pending before the Committees on Law and Ordinances, and Peace and Order. (https://www.panaynews.net/aklan-town-seeks-to-punish-rumor-mongers/)

While residents have rights to freedom of expression and speech, Torres said these rights are not absolute, especially if it leads to harm.

Violators who intentionally destroy the person’s reputation will be fined, he added.