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GMA probes absence of medical team on set during Eddie Garcia’s accident

Veteran actor Eddie Garcia is confined at the Makati Medical Center after suffering a neck fracture during TV shoot for GMA network. Courtesy of Bibeth Orteza

MANILA – GMA Network on Monday said its management is investigating the absence of a medical team during the taping of a show where veteran actor Eddie Garcia had an accident.

“It has been the network’s practice to have medical personnel and ambulance crew on standby whenever the production is executing big action scenes during taping. This has been likewise the practice of other GMA programs. Given this, we are currently investigating the absence of a medical team on the set last Saturday, June 8,” it said in a statement.

“GMA Network is deeply saddened with what happened to Mr. Eddie Garcia and the management is committed to getting to the bottom of this unfortunate incident,” the network added.

It earlier said it was reviewing a viral video of Garcia supposedly collapsing while shooting an upcoming television series for the media network.

Garcia suffered from a neck fracture during the taping and is now under “critical observation” in a hospital.

Garcia has been part of the Philippine entertainment industry since the early 1950s, portraying both lead characters and villains in action, comedy, drama, and even fantasy films and television series.

His last project with ABS-CBN was in the Coco Martin-led primetime teleserye “Ang Probinsyano,” portraying a drug lord. He bid farewell to the role last February.
 
He was also recently lauded for his portrayal of a gay senator in “Rainbow Sunset,” a multi-awarded entry in the 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

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