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The 13th Bonggahan na Baliwasan, an annual week-long nightly entertainment presentation, starts tonight, 21st of Oct., at 6 p.m. at the ZCSPC Gymasium and ends on 27th, eve of Fiesta de La Nuestra Sra. La Virgen del Pilar on the 28th.

And the fun goes on until the fiesta day as the Cabato family tenders an open house fiesta celebration also at the gym from noon to 2 p.m. or until supply lasts, so they say.

Billed as the 13th Bonggahan, it is the actually on its 14th edition as a Pascua Bonggahan na Baliwaan was held in a single year in gratitude to the victories of then Boday as Barangay Captain, Aimie No. 1 Kagawad and Anca Cabato, SK Chair.

Who knows we will yet be having a 15th version this year with wins of Aimie as Barangay Cap, brother Cocoy, No. 2 Kagawad and Anca returnee SK Chair.

On behalf of Bali Lady Bato, Cap Aimie, SS extends millions of thanks to all those who have pitched in support to the Bonggahan, that top-bills Dr. Nelso Cabral, ZCSPC, who like for pres. Dr. Nora Ponce, was never sefish of our use of any ZCSPC facility. They will all be acknowledged prominently during the programs via a LED Wall.

Tomorrow, simultaneously with the second 13th Bonggahan night, the Bali LGU, in cooperation with the ZC Western Eagles, Western Lady Eagles and Kabasalan Eagles Clubs, is conducting a separate show – a Bikini Competition at the Astoria Plaza, Grand Astoria Hotel.

Attendance is by invitation as venue capacity is limited. Interested parties may please get in touch with SS for details - 0975 717 0973.

For the Bikini event, we have a separate list of selected sponsors, who few as they are, will also be properly acknowledged here on our 2nd SS edition, Tuesday, the 23rd, for who knows, due to pressing tasks in preparation of the events, SS may not grind.

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They come from all professions, police, military, teaching, media, business, etc.

Illegal drug dealers and users, we mean.

This time a basketball referee and a dance instructor are it.

In Purok 3-A, Recodo, ref Eddie Taha y Hadang, 46, married was nabbed. P/Chief Insp. Chester Natividad personally led the operation.

And at BAT Compound, Gov. Camins, Canelar, the P/Chief Insp. Ramon Bautista Jr.-led Drugs Enforcement Team of Police Station 8, apprehended one Eric Espinosa y Tubana alias Edwin, 39, single, a dance instructor, of Purok 6, Sto. Niño.

Both suspects were detained at the respective police stations pending prosecution.

On the other hand, target victims also are from all sectors - residences, stores, vehicles, offices, etc. This time a barangay hall was not spared.

According to Patalon Chairman Gaudencio Rojas, the village officials were out on patrol against lawless elements, particularly the dreaded “sagahi”, a cult whose members are said to be preying on children.

In their absence, looters barged into their office and carted away several items, that included, - the closed circuit television (CCTV) camera and monitor, three laptop computer sets and an undetermined amount of cash inside the vault.

No leads on the culprits’ identity have yet been reported.

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Mindanao will experience scattered rains due to the prevailing intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ), a weather system, that is a breeding ground for low pressure areas and tropical cyclones.

According to PAGASA, the ITCZ will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over the ARMM Soccsargen, and Zamboanga Peninsula from Saturday until Sunday.

And yes, we have been experiencing that, and thanks to God, downpours are scarce as they are minimal, and is to end today.

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In spite of criticisms both here and in other countries, Duterte said he would not be dissuaded from continuing his war on drugs. He then warned drug importers again that they would be killed if they continued to flood the country with illegal drugs.

Duterte said while there were no more drug laboratories operating in the country, the importation of drugs remained active.

And Duterte cautioned, they should not underestimate him. (By Jimmy Cabato)

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