- Diana Zubiri said medics are always available during tapings of GMA Network teledramas
- A viral video of Eddie Garcia’s accident showed there was no readily available medical personnel
Were there really medics readily available on the set during Eddie Garcia’s accident?
That is the big question going around social media after the accident involving Pinoy showbiz veteran Eddie Garcia.
Last Saturday, June 8, 2019, veteran actor Eddie Garcia figured in an accident during the taping of GMA Network’s new teledrama Rosang Agimat.
The 90-year-old Garcia tripped and had a bad fall which resulted in a severe neck fracture.
I am not blaming GMA ha? Pero you might be consider doing an extra effort in taking care of our veteran actors?
This isn’t the first time eh. Remember Robert Arevalo sa The Millonaire’s Wife?
— Kapuso Mo, Kim (@KapusongKim) June 8, 2019
GMA Network and all other TV and movie production, may this serve as a wakeup call and a lesson. Do something to protect your talents.
— FilipinasInShowbiz (@PinaysInShowbiz) June 8, 2019
Ang daming nakitang dpat ayusin sa pangyayaring ito gaya n lang ng safety, health at emergency preparedness issue. Di tyo bulag sa npanood natin. Kableng nakakalat, katirikan ng araw para sa isang 90yr old at ni walang medic sa location. Daig pa ng pito pitong prod. #liability
— MyMixch (@IceMixch) June 9, 2019
Could GMA-7 be liable for Eddie Garcia’s accident?
Not only did he trip on a cable wire, but there was no standby medic/ambulance on the set.
The way he was handled by the first responders on the set might have aggravated his injury.
— VGfau (@VGfau) June 9, 2019
While the staff and other people on the set immediately rushed to him to check on his condition, medics were noticeably absent.
People even kept on shouting for medics which were not readily available.
There was also the viral photo wherein the staff and other production people were seen carrying the veteran actor in lieu of medics.
But Kapuso star Diana Zubiri confirmed that medical personnel are available on every GMA Network set.
In an interview with PEP.ph, Zubiri who worked many times with the veteran actor said that she knows that medical personnel and an ambulance are on standby on every teledrama sets of GMA Network.
The actress who was saddened by Eddie Garcia’s accident also admired the latter’s professionalism in doing every scene.
“Sobrang professional si Dad. Basta kaya niya na gawin, hindi siya pumapayag na magpa-double sa mga action scene,” she said.
Meanwhile, GMA Network started conducting its own investigation on whether or not medical personnel were on standby during the taping.
In a statement, GMA Network said it is their company practice to have medical personnel and ambulance crew on standby for big action scenes during tapings.
“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.”