- Netizens slammed KJMS’s treatment of Eddie Garcia tribute.
- DOLE’s agency started an investigation of Eddie Garcia’s accident.
Many netizens have shared their dismay with how Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho (KMJS) executed their tribute to the late screen veteran Eddie Garcia.
They blasted KMJS for not mentioning the accident that cost Eddie Garcia his life.
Several netizens questioned KMJS partiality since they are under GMA Network management.
It would have been great if inexplain niyo ang cause of Eddie Garcia's death. Di niyo kaya? Di niyo kaya kasi somehow GMA can be partially blamed of his death. Chance niyo na sana na iexplain about the accident, sinayang niyo ang pagkakataon. Or di niyo madefend? #KMJS
— Dong Jerome (@DongJerome5) June 23, 2019
Hmm..this tribute of #KMJS for Eddie Garcia,medyo cringey.
Di ba dapat may managot sa nangyari sa kanya at ang GMA yun?
Just to be clear,this is my opinion.
— Alex (@IMalexE) June 23, 2019
Eddie Garcia figured in an accident during the taping of GMA network series Rosang Agimat. During one of the scenes, Garcia accidentally tripped on a cable, causing him to fall face first on the ground. Initial reports claimed that the veteran actor suffered a heart attack but doctors from the Makati Medical Center later confirmed that it was severe neck fracture.
Eddie Garcia succumbed to his injuries on Thursday, June 20, after being in a coma for more than a week.
Nakakaiyak naman itong feature ng #kmjs kay manoy Eddie Garcia. Naku GMA sana maging lesson itong nangyari sa kanya na ayusin trato nyo sa mga beteranong artista
— Bin Lee (@BinLee27) June 23, 2019
Bat nga ba namatay si Eddie Garcia? #KMJS Guilty much GMA? 🙄
— Enzo (@senses016) June 23, 2019
Inantay ko talaga sa #KMJS na sabihin nila ang cause of death ni Eddie Garcia kaso wala eh. Yes po,bakit tahimik tayo?
— lynnnn (@lynbrugada) June 23, 2019
Babanggitin kaya ng #kmjs na kable, kable ang dahilan kung bakit nadisgrasya si sir eddie garcia? Na naiwasan sana kung naging maingat ang prodkusyon…
— Darth Grader (@iamteacherathan) June 23, 2019
Iniintay ko kung sasabihin ba sa #KMJS yung cause of death ni Sir Eddie Garcia, i mean why he was hospitalized.
— Sean Magbuhos (@chanomagbuhos) June 23, 2019
— RebeK RebeK RebeK RebeK RebeK (@RebeKRebeKRebe1) June 23, 2019
GMA7 fkcng killed Eddie Garcia. #KMJS
— Kenneth (@rockwell_ken) June 23, 2019
Aside from netizens, fellow actors Judy Ann Santos and Sharon Cuneta also shared strong sentiments over the accident that was preventable.
In her Instagram post, Judy Ann said, “Nakakalungkot… nakakahinayang na hindi ko nagawang makatrabaho ang isang napaka professional at batikang artista.. pero naggawa kong makamayan at makausap ng maraming beses.. maraming salamat tito eddie.. mananatili kang nag iisa sa industriyang ito ..
“sana sa nangyaring to, maging bukas ang isip ng mga networks sa tamang pag aalaga , pagbigay ng sapat na kaalaman sa lahat ng taga production artista man o hindi, pagdating sa mga ganitong sitwasyon.. maaring naiwasan sana .. paalam sir eddie garcia..
“hanggang sa huli ibinukas mo ang mata ng industriya.. kung paanong dapat pahalagahan at wag balewalain ang kaligtasan ng bawat taong nagtatrabaho sa produksyon.. mapayapang paglalakbay sir eddie..”
Her followers agreed.
Cuneta, on her part, said the neglect for the safety of the actors cost Garcia’s life. In a now edited Instagram post, the megastar said, “He should not have died yet. Had there been no neglect of safety for the actors, he would have lived to more than 100…!!!”
Meanwhile, the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Occupational Safety and Health Center has started its investigation into the incident.
DOLE Sec. Silvestre Bello said that the OSHC has started looking into the incident involving veteran actor Eddie Garcia.
“It is not the DOLE that will investigate but the Occupational Safety and Health Center, executive director Noel Binag. It’s ongoing. Need bigyan value workplace ng workers, napakahalaga ‘yun,” he said during an interview at the wake of the late veteran actor in Taguig.
Bello also said that GMA network could be fined or be asked given a suspension of operations depending on the gravity of the lapses.
The law on OSH sets a maximum fine of ₱100,000 per day which covers cases of death, serious injury or serious illness while in the workplace. In cases of imminent danger as a result of the employers’ violation, the government can order the suspension of operations and stoppage of work.
Meanwhile, GMA Network’s own investigation into the incident has yet to be finished.