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DOLE penalizes GMA Network over the death of Eddie Garcia

  • DOLE penalized GMA network with 100 thousand per day fine.
  • DOLE held GMA Network liable for the death of Eddie Garcia.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has penalized GMA Network over the controversial death of veteran actor Eddie Garcia.

At the conclusion of their investigation, DOLE has found GMA Network liable for not following the Occupational Safety Health standards in the workplace which resulted in the death of Eddie Garcia.

“May imposition na (to) penalize sila ng P100,000 a day until they comply,” said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

[There is an imposition to penalize them with 100,000 per day until they comply], said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

Under the OSH law, a company who will fail to comply with the OSH standards will be fine 100 thousand per day until they were able to comply.

According to Bello, DOLE investigation found out that GMA network didn’t have a safety officer during the shooting of Rosang Agimat, where Eddie Garcia met the accident. They also failed to submit an accident report according to DOLE’s investigation result.

“Kung meron sila ‘di namatay si Eddie Garcia. He was not properly attended to,” Bello added.

[If they have [safety officer] there, Eddie Garcia will not die because he will be attended properly], Bello added.

Last June 8, Eddie Garcia figured in an accident during the taping of GMA Network’s Rosang Agimat.

Initial reports said he suffered from a heart attack but it was later confirmed to be a severe neck injury after the actor tripped on a cable, causing him to fall face-first on the ground.

He was comatose for more than a week before succumbing to his injuries on Thursday, June 20.

Days after the accident, GMA Network executives initiated an investigation into what really happened on the set of Rosang Agimat. GMA Network in their official statement said they were dedicated to getting to the bottom of the incident.

On July 2, GMA said they had completed the investigation and that they would inform the family of Eddie Garcia first before releasing to the public.

“GMA Network has completed its internal investigation on the accident involving the late Mr. Eddie Garcia.”

“The family wishes to be given a copy before we share the report with the public.”

“Thank you.”

But since then, they have yet to release the result of their investigation.


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