MANILA -- (UPDATE) GMA on Sunday said it was reviewing a viral video of veteran actor Eddie Garcia supposedly collapsing while shooting an upcoming television series for the media network.
Hours before the announcement, pictures circulated on social media showing a seemingly unconscious Garcia being carried by several men.
"The video of Mr. Eddie Garcia faltering in his steps and eventually collapsing has reached GMA. We are seriously reviewing the said video as well as other videos of the same scene which our cameras also took before we make any conclusions on what really transpired," GMA-7 said in a statement.
The network said it would wait for Garcia's family or doctor to issue a formal update on his condition. "Meanwhile, we continue to pray for his quick recovery," it added.
Later Sunday, Garcia's family said the veteran actor suffered a from a neck fracture during the taping and was under "critical observation."
Meanwhile, Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez, a former actor, said Garcia's heart attack should be a "wake-up call" for talents, production crew and media executives to push for having an automatic external defibrillator on all production sets.
"This can save lives and reduce further injury to a heart attack victim," he said in a statement, adding that all television and movie workers should know how to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation for basic life support.
Garcia has been part of the Philippine entertainment industry since the early 1950s, portraying both lead characters and villains in action, comedy, drama, and even fantasy films and television series.
His last project with ABS-CBN was a role in the Coco Martin-led primetime teleserye "Ang Probinsyano," portraying a drug lord. He bid farewell to the part last February.
He was also recently lauded for his portrayal of a gay senator in "Rainbow Sunset," a multi-awarded entry in the 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).