BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – The milling season in Sugarlandia, known here as tiempo suerte, turned unlucky for a worker who was found dead on a field where he is believed to have been choked by smoke from the burning of sugarcane leaves.
This cultural practice, called here as tutud (to set on fire), prepares the sugarcane field after harvest for the kabag-uhan or the planting of new canepoints (patdan) or the kalaanan, growth of a new crop from the old canestock.
Police in Sagay reported Siegfredo Asado, 58, was found dead Sunday, 23 October 2022, in Bulanon, a community in Sagay City north of here.
Probers said Alsado left home on Saturday to work in the fields but failed to go home, prompting his son to look for him.
He was found dead.
Police said there are no signs of foul play.