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Have you heard about the Philippine mayor who banned gossip?

Rumour-mongers in Binalonan face £3 fines and three hours litter-picking if they indulge in local tittle-tattle
Two people talking in Manila. Photograph: Aaron Favila/AP

When the lethargic heat of summer set in, the residents of Binalonan, a small town in the Philippines, used togather under the trees and share stories about their neighbours, swapping titbits about rumoured scandals, affairs, bankruptcies and divorces.

But no longer.’” as it is known in the Philippines, is now illegal.

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