French Australian dies in gyrocopter crash in Argao

A French died after the gyrocopter he was flying crashed in Barangay Jampang, Argao, Cebu, Thursday, November 5.

The foreign national was identified as 65-year-old Ferris Kauley. He was declared dead on arrival in the hospital after the rescue operation by the Argao Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (DRRMO) personnel.

According to Kent Rizon, head of the DRRMO, they are still investigating what caused the gyrocopter’s crash. However, they are looking at the possibility that the gyrocopter got entangled with the coconut trees in Argao.

They also said Kauley was on his way to visit his property in Argao when the accident happened.

French dies in gyrocopter crash in Argao

Rizon said that tourists would usually rent the gyrocopter to tour around Cebu.

As of the moment, authorities are already contacting the French Australian’s immediate family to inform them about the incident.

An autogyro, also known as a gyroplane or gyrocopter, is a rotorcraft type that uses an unpowered rotor in free autorotation to develop lift. Forward thrust is provided independently by an engine-driven propeller.

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DA wants to monitor spike in pork prices

The Department of Agriculture wants to address the alleged exploitation by big traders on the farmgate price of pork, which is said to be one of the reasons why the price in Metro Manila is so high.

According to Agriculture Secretary William Dar, pork prices are the effect of the African swine fever that has been accompanied by some price exploiters, particularly in Metro Manila.

“Ang problema, mayroon palagi ‘yung mga big traders na nansasamantala at sila ‘yung nagbibigay ng mataas na presyo sa farmgate price at ibinebenta nila of course sa mga merkado sa Metro Manila,” he said.

“So, gagawan namin ng paraan para hindi mapunta roon sa manipulative traders at diretso diyan sa mga mas maliit na nagnenegosyo sa mga merkado rito sa Metro Manila,” he added.

It will be recalled that the Philippine Statistics Authority reported that one of the factors that accelerated inflation or the speed of movement in the price of goods and services this October was the high price of pork.