GMA Network 'fully cooperating' with DOLE on Eddie Garcia probe


Posted at Aug 13 2019 04:38 PM | Updated as of Aug 13 2019 07:42 PM

MANILA - (UPDATE) GMA Network Inc said Tuesday it was "fully" cooperating with the labor department's investigation on the death of veteran actor Eddie Garcia while shooting for one of its TV shows.

The network has yet to receive any order from the Department of Labor and Employment, GMA Network said in a disclosure to the stock exchange. 

"This is to inform the Exchange that the Company has been fully cooperating in the investigation of the DOLE. However, as of this writing, we have not received any order or resolution from DOLE regarding the aforementioned matter," the statement said. 

Some reports claimed that DOLE penalized the network for the death of the veteran actor. 

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, however, said they are still waiting for the report from their regional office investigating the incident leading to Garcia's death. 

House Bill 191 known as the Actors Occupational Safety and Health Standard Bill or the "Eddie Garcia Act," which requires safety and medical personnel deployment during work hours, was filed by Garcia's stepson, 1-PACMAN party-list Rep. Michael Romero in July. 

Strict enforcement of occupational safety and health standards will be observed following the death of Garcia, DOLE earlier said.