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  1. Aussie firemen rush to ‘gas leak,’ get smelly surprise SYDNEY---Canberra firefighters rushed to a store in Australia's capital on Friday after reports of a gas leak---only to find the smell was caused by the penetrating waft of durian fruit. Emergency responders instructed the public to avoid the area as they hunted in vain for the source of the leak at the Dickson shopping precinct. "After an hour on scene" Canberra's emergency services agency said, "the owner of a tenancy above the shops advised of the potential source of the incident." "It was not a gas leak, but in fact a durian fruit. The fruit gives off a very pungent smell and can waft some distance." Grown across tropical Southeast Asia, fans love the "king of fruits"...Keep on reading: Aussie firemen rush to ‘gas leak,’ get smelly surprise
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  2. Century Pacific Food Group founder leaves legacy of compassion He survived a tumultuous period in China as a young boy; set up roots in the Philippines; worked hard to transcend poverty; built an iconic food manufacturing empire and shared his fortune by nourishing poor schoolchildren. Business tycoon and philanthropist Ricardo Po Sr., founder of the Century Pacific Food group, indeed lived a full life. And on Oct. 11, he passed away at the age of 90, leaving behind a food empire that has outperformed during the COVID-19 pandemic and is ready to compete in the global meat alternative business. "Dad moved on to his new life peacefully and surrounded by love," his son, Christopher Po, said in a text message. "He was very blessed in all aspec...Keep on reading: Century Pacific Food Group founder leaves legacy of compassion
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  3. TNT, San Miguel clash in Game 7 After blowouts to close shaves, the PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series featuring two vaunted ball clubs will boil down to a battle of attrition. Tournament top seed TNT takes on all-Filipino powerhouse San Miguel Beer in a Game 7 that will finally end a series that has seen everything but a winner. And Leo Austria, the coach who steered the Beermen to five straight crowns in the league's premier tournament---a dynastic reign interrupted only last year when six-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo was absent due to a broken leg---knows exactly what to expect. "If you noticed, since the start of the conference up to this series, it's we beat them, they beat us, we beat ...Keep on reading: TNT, San Miguel clash in Game 7
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  4. Still no big-name bout for Ancajas World boxing champion Jerwin Ancajas has been on a long wait for a career-turning fight. He will have to bide his time some more. The strong, stylish prizefighter from Panabo City in Davao del Norte, who hasn't fought in the last six months, still won't get the big three names in his division, according to his promoter Sean Gibbons of MP Promotions. Instead, Gibbons made the rounds in the media saying the fight between the 29-year-old Ancajas and Japanese Kazuto Ioka is in the works for a December date possibly in Japan. Ioka called out Ancajas after his Sept. 1 unanimous decision win over Mexican Francisco Rodriguez Jr. in Japan. The Filipino champ has a 33-1-2 record with ...Keep on reading: Still no big-name bout for Ancajas
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  5. France’s Macron calls 1961 massacre of Algerians an ‘unforgivable crime’   PARIS -- Emmanuel Macron on Saturday denounced as an "unforgivable crime" a bloody crackdown on Algerian protesters by police in Paris 60 years ago, the strongest recognition by a French president of a massacre in which many bodies were thrown into the River Seine. On Oct. 17, 1961, under the orders of then Paris police chief Maurice Papon, police attacked a demonstration by 25,000 pro-National Liberation Front (FLN) Algerians protesting against a curfew imposed on Algerians. The march was repressed "brutally, violently and in blood," Macron's office said in a statement, adding that some 12,000 Algerians were arrested, many were wounded and dozens killed. Macron at...Keep on reading: France’s Macron calls 1961 massacre of Algerians an ‘unforgivable crime’
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  6. France pays tribute to teacher beheaded over Mohammed cartoons PARIS -- Francepaid tribute to schoolteacher Samuel Paty on Saturday, one year after he was beheaded by an extremist after showing his class cartoons of the Muslim prophet Mohammed. Paty, 47, was stabbed and then decapitated after leaving the middle school where he taught history and geography in the tranquil Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on the evening of October 16, 2020. Paty's violent death stunned the French. Educators saw it as an attack on the core values teachers have taught generations of schoolchildren, including the separation of church and state and the right to blaspheme. "To pay tribute to Samuel Paty is to pay tribute to the Republic," said Prime Mi...Keep on reading: France pays tribute to teacher beheaded over Mohammed cartoons
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  7. Uzbekistan and Taliban hold talks on trade, aid TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- Representatives of the Taliban visited neighboring Uzbekistan for talks on humanitarian aid and trade on Saturday, the Central Asian country's foreign ministry said. The new rulers of Afghanistan have been on a diplomatic offensive seeking diplomatic recognition as well as assistance to avoid a humanitarian disaster after they returned to power in August following the withdrawal of US troops. The latest talks took place in the Uzbek border town of Termez, with the hardline Islamist group's delegation led by deputy prime minister Abdul Salam Hanafi and Uzbekistan by his counterpart Sardor Umurzakov. Termez is emerging as a hub for international humanit...Keep on reading: Uzbekistan and Taliban hold talks on trade, aid
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  8. UK PM Johnson visits church where lawmaker was stabbed to death LEIGH-ON-SEA, England -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday laid flowers outside the church where a lawmaker was stabbed to death a day earlier, in what police say was a terrorist attack probably linked to Islamist extremism. The attack on David Amess, from Johnson's Conservative Party, comes five years after the murder of Jo Cox, a lawmaker from the opposition Labour Party, and has prompted a review of the security of elected politicians. Amess, 69, was knifed repeatedly in the attack at about midday on Friday in Leigh-on-Sea, east of London, during a meeting with constituents. Police arrested a 25-year-old British man at the scene on suspicion of murder, addi...Keep on reading: UK PM Johnson visits church where lawmaker was stabbed to death
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  9. NASA launches first space probe to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids   LOS ANGELES -- NASA launched a first-of-its kind mission on Saturday to study Jupiter's Trojan asteroids, two large clusters of space rocks that scientists believe are remnants of primordial material that formed the solar system's outer planets. The space probe, dubbed Lucy and packed inside a special cargo capsule, lifted off on schedule from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 5:34 a.m. EDT (0934 GMT), NASA said. It was carried aloft by an Atlas V rocket from United Launch Alliance (UAL), a joint venture of Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp. Lucy's mission is a 12-year expedition to study a record number of asteroids. It will be the first to explore the ...Keep on reading: NASA launches first space probe to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids
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  10. Season 3 of ‘Succession’ lives up to its predecessors’ power and potent appeal If we go by the way HBO's "Succession" ended its second season, it makes you wonder how a show that explores oft-utilized themes of power, wealth and family dynamics among bratty billionaires manages to consistently up the storytelling ante and keeps the stakes higher than the Burj Khalifa. OK, while that may sound rhetorical, that's not in any way hyperbole. For the uninitiated, "Succession," arguably the best original drama series on TV these days, follows the events that transpire when brash and brazen patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox), top honcho of media conglomerate Waystar RoyCo, gets increasingly sick and senile. Logan's children---oldest son Connor (Alan Ruck), power-hun...Keep on reading: Season 3 of ‘Succession’ lives up to its predecessors’ power and potent appeal
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  11. Ellen Adarna: A Zen bride-to-be "A 'chill' kind of bride," said actress Ellen Adarna when Inquirer Entertainment asked her to describe the kind of bride she'll be. The fiancee of actor-athlete Derek Ramsay added that she was never a "bridezilla," or someone who is demanding and very difficult to deal with. Ellen claims to be attentive but calm, and "always Zen." Ellen and Derek recently released their prenuptial pictorial on their respective social media accounts. The photos, mostly shot outdoors and with an earthy color palette, were by Pat Dy. There were photos of the two taken inside a car, then on a field surrounded by tall grass. There was also a minute-long video that started on a road trip and ended wi...Keep on reading: Ellen Adarna: A Zen bride-to-be
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  12. How ‘direk’ lost one high-profile project after another Jilted Filmmaker (JF) surprised show biz observers that he was no longer involved in an upcoming high-profile project. While the excuse given had something to do with logistics or scheduling, the real reason JF left was because another production outfit had supposedly greenlit the planned sequel of one of his past films. JF couldn't be more thrilled and promptly set to work. It was something he had been raring to do. However, the company seemed to have fallen on hard times and had to prematurely pull the plug on the movieUnfortunately for JF, the other project he had turned his back on has now found someone else to steer the ship. Oops! TOP OF THE TABLOIDS This week's top sho...Keep on reading: How ‘direk’ lost one high-profile project after another
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  13. Cop, suspect killed in Naga City shooting incidents     LEGAZPI CITY --- A police officer was shot and killed while on duty by a gunman, who was then killed during a hot pursuit operation, in Naga City in Camarines Sur province on Saturday night. Major Maria Luisa Calubaquib, Bicol police spokesperson, said in an initial report that Chief Master Sergeant Romeo Padua was shot dead while on duty at Caceres St. in Barangay Dinaga at around 6:30 p.m. Calubaquib said the police immediately conducted a hot pursuit operation to arrest the suspect, Jericho Cano, a pedicab driver. Police said that Cano, instead of surrendering drew his gun and fired at the pursuing police officers. The police officers then returned fir...Keep on reading: Cop, suspect killed in Naga City shooting incidents
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  14. Digital platform launched for ALS students MANILA, Philippines --- A mobile application was launched to deliver resources to students under the alternative learning system (ALS) program. The Tuklas Digital ALS application contains modules, tests and videos that could help ALS students. "Through this system, those who have not completed their basic education will have a chance to study and compete in junior high school," Solar Learning President and CEO Wilson Tieng said during the program's launch on Friday. "The Tuklas Digital ALS was specifically developed for out-of-school youth, dropouts, overseas Filipino workers, and other adults who want to gain entry to school and even to pursue higher studies," Tieng added....Keep on reading: Digital platform launched for ALS students
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  15. B.League: Ray Parks, Nagoya spoil Dwight Ramos’ Toyama debut MANILA, Philippines---Nagoya and Bobby Ray Parks Jr. played spoilers as they battered Toyama and the debuting Dwight Ramos, 94-68, in the West Conference of the 2021-22 Japan B.League season Saturday at Toyama City Gymnasium. The Diamond Dolphins improved to 2-3 while the Grouses dropped to a 0-5 start to the season. Parks, who scored a combined total of three points in his past two games, broke through with 15 points and five rebounds for Nagoya. Ramos, meanwhile, struggled from the field scoring six points on 3-of-14 shooting while grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out three assists. From a meager 22-16 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Diamond Dolphins upped ...Keep on reading: B.League: Ray Parks, Nagoya spoil Dwight Ramos’ Toyama debut
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  16. Duterte vows gov’t doing its best to ‘expedite’ Marawi rehab MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday said his administration is "doing its best" to fast track the completion of the Marawi rehabilitation as the country marked the fourth year of the city's liberation against Islamic-state linked militants. Duterte personally went to Marawi City to commemorate the siege, which happened when Maute group launched a siege in the city in 2017, leaving the predominantly Muslim area in shambles. "Let me take this opportunity to reassure the people of Marawi that the government is doing its best to expedite the completion of rehabilitation projects at the soonest possible time," the President said in his speech. "We, in go...Keep on reading: Duterte vows gov’t doing its best to ‘expedite’ Marawi rehab
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  17. Malaysian, cohort killed in shootout during buy-bust ops in Tawi-tawi MANILA, Philippines --- A Malaysian and a Filipino cohort were killed in a buy-bust operation that turned into an armed encounter in Tawi-Tawi on Saturday, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP). Malaysian Hari Man Bin Sabtula and Nadzmil Ladja was killed in a shootout along the shoreline of Barangay Pahut, Bongao town, Tawi-tawi at around 9:45 a.m., according to reports. "A shootout erupted when the police-military team was effecting the arrest of the two suspects for alleged drug trafficking during a sting operation," the police said in a statement. Police recovered from the two were packs containing 1.5 kilos of suspected shabu with a standard drug pric...Keep on reading: Malaysian, cohort killed in shootout during buy-bust ops in Tawi-tawi
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  18. 240 kilos of ‘shabu’ worth P1.6B seized from 2 suspects in Cavite   MANILA, Philippines --- More than P1.6 billion worth of suspected crystal meth, locally known as shabu, was seized from two suspects in a buy-bust operation in Cavite on Saturday afternoon. The suspects were identified as Wilfredo Blanco Jr, 37; and Megan Lemon Pedroro, 38, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency's initial report. The buy-bust operation was conducted in a parking lot of a fast food restaurant in Barangay Salitran 2, along Aguinaldo Highway in Dasmarias City, Cavite at around 3:30 p.m. Confiscated from the two were 240 kilos of suspected shabu, with an estimated street value of P1.656 billion, along with a Toyota HiAce white van....Keep on reading: 240 kilos of ‘shabu’ worth P1.6B seized from 2 suspects in Cavite
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  19. Pressure, threats? Gutoc says Isko was looking after her welfare in outburst vs elitists MANILA, Philippines --- Senatorial candidate Samira Gutoc believes that presidential candidate and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno was only looking after her welfare when he made a rant against elitist sectors who were supposedly pressuring and threatening her. Gutoc told INQUIRER.net on Saturday that Moreno's outburst during the IM Pilipinas Batangas Convention on Friday --- where the mayor said that Gutoc was threatened and pressured by people who think that they only can govern --- was in reference to the social media attacks she received. The senatorial bet of Aksyon Demokratiko who also ran in 2019 with the Otso Diretso slate has been receiving scathing remarks online after she l...Keep on reading: Pressure, threats? Gutoc says Isko was looking after her welfare in outburst vs elitists
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  20. B.League: Kiefer struggles but Shiga edges Kyoto for share of lead MANILA, Philippines---Shiga forced its way to the top of the table after a tense 84-83 win over Kyoto in its West Conference matchup in the 2021-22 Japan B.League season Saturday at Kyoto City Gymnasium. Kiefer Ravena, who was at third in the assists table the past weekend, struggled for the Lakestars scoring six points, on 1-of-7 shooting from the field, and failing to tally one dime in the process. Ovie Soko willed the Lakestars in the fourth as he scored nine points in the final five minutes of the game to help Shiga to the victory and a 4-1 record in the standings. https://twitter.com/shigalakestars/status/1449327019313954817 The 6-foot-7 forward scored on a personal ...Keep on reading: B.League: Kiefer struggles but Shiga edges Kyoto for share of lead
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  21. Manila Bay’s ‘Dolomite Beach’ reopens to public on first day of alert level 3 MANILA, Philippines --- Manila Bay's so-called dolomite beach has been reopened to the public on the first day of implementation of alert level 3 on Saturday in Metro Manila. The dolomite beach will now be open everyday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., according to reports, citing the staff in the area. The beach attraction, which earned criticisms from some sectors, is now guarded with white picket fence with an arch greeting visitors at the entrance. The beach was earlier ordered closed to complete the redevelopment. Last year, the government put an overlay of mounds of artificial white sand on a part of the bay's naturally gray shoreline, that is now being...Keep on reading: Manila Bay’s ‘Dolomite Beach’ reopens to public on first day of alert level 3
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  22. ‘Today was just not my day’: Zverev regrets shock defeat in Indian Wells Olympic champion Alexander Zverev admitted he blew the chance to win the Indian Wells tournament after Friday's shock quarterfinal defeat by American Taylor Fritz and said he just wants to return home. Zverev, who was aiming to win his third ATP Masters 1000 title of the season, lost 4-6 6-3 7-6(3) after Fritz fought back from 2-5 down in the final set and saved two match points to stun the German in the California desert. Fritz will face Nikoloz Basilashvili in the semifinals after the Georgian knocked out second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 2-6 6-4 earlier on Friday. "Today was just not really my day, to be honest. I was close to winning, but the level of tennis was just no...Keep on reading: ‘Today was just not my day’: Zverev regrets shock defeat in Indian Wells
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  23. Largest Sputnik-V shipment ever: PH receives 720,000 doses of Russian vaccine   MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippines on Saturday received the biggest shipment of Sputnik-V from Russia, authorities have reported. The 720,000 doses are procured by the national government, according to the National Task Force against COVID-19 (NTF). The vaccines arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City. "This is the largest delivery of Sputnik-V," NTF special adviser Ted Herbosa told reporters. Herbosa said this brings the total number of Sputnik-V doses delivered in the country to 1.3 million. He also said that more than 91 million vaccine doses have since arrived in the country. "The other good news is we have breached al...Keep on reading: Largest Sputnik-V shipment ever: PH receives 720,000 doses of Russian vaccine
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  24. Man dies as fire extinguisher reportedly explodes in Bacolod   BACOLOD CITY --- A man died when a fire extinguisher allegedly exploded at a store in this city at about 1:05 p.m. on Friday, October 15. Ricman Marvin Rillo, 33, was found with a wound on his head while parts of his body were severed due to the impact of the explosion, said Chief Inspector Rodel Legaspi, Bacolod City fire marshal. Rillo was also covered with white foam from the fire extinguisher.   JPV...Keep on reading: Man dies as fire extinguisher reportedly explodes in Bacolod
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  25. Sipalay City school division office closes due to COVID-19 infection   BACOLOD CITY -- The Sipalay City Schools Division office has been temporarily closed after four of its personnel tested positive for COVID-19. Dionilo Bogtae, head of the Sipalay Emergency Assistance and Rescue Services, said an employee under the schools division superintendent was symptomatic and tested positive for COVID-19. On contact tracing, three other personnel tested positive for the virus. "We temporarily closed the division office for disinfection," Bogtae said. Meanwhile, the Sipalay City treasurer's office and birthing unit, which were temporarily closed after eight employees tested positive for COVID-19, reopened on Friday. He said the test resu...Keep on reading: Sipalay City school division office closes due to COVID-19 infection
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  26. Negros Occidental gov orders closure of all cemeteries during Undas BACOLOD CITY -- Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson has ordered the temporary closure of all public and private memorial parks, cemeteries, and columbaries in the province from October 30 to November 2. In his Executive Order 21-47, Lacson said he wants to prevent an influx of people and mass gatherings during All Saints and Souls Days because of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Negros Occidental. "All component cities and municipalities under the province of Negros Occidental are directed to comply and implement the executive order through their respective Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, Traffic Management Authority, Philippine National Police and force...Keep on reading: Negros Occidental gov orders closure of all cemeteries during Undas
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  27. V.League: Jaja Santiago, Saitama survive thriller vs Okayama MANILA, Philippines---Jaja Santiago and Saitama survived a five-set thriller against fellow contender Okayama, 28-30, 26-24, 23-25, 25-13, 15-11, to start off their campaign in the Japan V.League Saturday at Kasaoka Gymnasium. The Ageo Medics, who finished fifth the previous season, relied mostly on 5-foot-8 Yuka Sato who had 40 points while Santiago finished with 17 points. Saitama and the Seagulls will face each other once more on Sunday. Santiago, who is in her fourth season in Japan, and the Ageo Medics are looking to get to the podium this year and are looking to carry their momentum from their championship run in the V.Cup. RELATED STORIES Jaja Santiago offered to ch...Keep on reading: V.League: Jaja Santiago, Saitama survive thriller vs Okayama
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  28. China misses out on record 23-race F1 calendar in 2022 China was dropped from the Formula One calendar for a third successive year on Friday as a record 23-race schedule for 2022 was released. "Due to ongoing pandemic conditions, China will not be included on the 2022 calendar. China will be restored to the calendar as soon as conditions allow," said a statement from governing body, the FIA. The Chinese GP at Shanghai will be replaced by the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola on April 24. The 2022 season will start in Bahrain on March 20 and finish back in the Gulf at Abu Dhabi on November 20. Next year's schedule also continues a steady growth in the number of events as international sport emerges from the pandemic. In 20...Keep on reading: China misses out on record 23-race F1 calendar in 2022
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  29. Robredo supporters hold motorcade in Cebu City CEBU CITY --- Supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo held a motorcade around this city on Saturday, October 16, to promote her presidential bid. Lawyer Jay Pujanes, one of the organizers of the motorcade, said they want to create awareness about Robredo who they said is the best among the presidential candidates. "I hope people here will start to examine her qualifications and achievements because if they do, they will discover that VP Leni is a good leader and the best candidate for president in 2022," he said. About 200 vehicles took part in the motorcade that started from the parking lot of the Redemptorist Church. The cars were decorated with pink and blue ribbons and...Keep on reading: Robredo supporters hold motorcade in Cebu City
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  30. V.League: Marck Espejo, FC Tokyo fail to escape vs Suntory MANILA, Philippines---Marck Espejo fell short in his return to Japan as FC Tokyo lost to defending champion Suntory, 26-24, 25-22, 23-25, 21-25, 15-11, in the 2021-22 Japan V.League season Saturday at Sky Arena. The Filipino international, who played in Thailand and Bahrain from 2019 to early 2021, finished with 12 points on 10 attacks and two aces as he played his first game back in the Japan V.League. Espejo's first foray in Japan was in the 2018-19 season for the Oita Miyoshi Weisse Adler, which is now the current team of Bryan Bagunas. FC Tokyo will play the Sunbirds once more on Sunday. RELATED STORIES Bryan Bagunas scores 22 as Oita Miyoshi fends off Osaka Espejo, B...Keep on reading: V.League: Marck Espejo, FC Tokyo fail to escape vs Suntory
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