GMA Network investigating absence of medics during Eddie Garcia's taping

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 10) — GMA Network on Monday said it is looking into the absence of a medical team at the taping where veteran actor Eddie Garcia fell to the ground, which led to his hospitalization.

"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," the media network said in a statement.

GMA added that its management is "committed to getting to the bottom of this unfortunate incident."

The 90-year-old actor is in critical condition following the incident.

Garcia's family doctor, Enrique Lagman, earlier said he suffered a neck fracture after falling to the ground during the taping of his GMA Network TV series Saturday in Tondo, Manila.

The network, in an earlier statement, said it is reviewing videos of the incident.

Meanwhile, former Actors Guild President Rez Cortez called for a legislation that will ensure the safety of actors and workers in the film industry.

Cortez said they will push for the creation of a film commission in the 18th Congress as there is no existing law that protects those in the industry.

"Dapat mayroong safety officer ang bawat set lalo na 'yan na may mga action scenes at mababantayan na dapat walang risk na kahit na nga delikado 'yung eksena. Dapat 'yung paggawa ay maging safe pa rin para sa mga worker, sa mga artista," he said.

[Translation: There should be a safety officer in every set, especially those involving action scenes, to prevent risk despite having dangerous stunts. The production should still be safe for workers and artists.]