Saturday, June 15, 2019

Repost: Eddie Garcia Might be Taken Off His Life Support System

File photo shows actor Eddie Garcia with Lillibeth Romero, his partner of 33 years, during a show biz affair.
Image courtesy of www.philstar.com


More than 96 hours after the accident on the Tondo set of a GMA 7 soap last Saturday noon, Eddie Garcia has remained comatose and is dramatically deteriorating even if he has been on life support machine at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Makati Medical Center (MCC) where he was transferred early Sunday morning from the Mary Johnston Hospital.

Eddie and co-stars playing cops, among them Jestoni Alarcon and Romnick Sarmenta, were shooting a gunfight scene against goons. In the ABS-CBN series FPJ’s Ang Probisyano, Eddie’s role as mafia head Don Emilio is mostly “sedentary” so he isn’t made to move a lot.

At MCC, Eddie was placed under a 48-hour “critical observation” and STAR sources said that as of press time, he was unresponsive, practically brain dead, even if his heart continues to function normally. His condition was described as “Glasgow coma, the lowest rate.” 

“He was declared DOA (Dead On Arrival) at the first hospital,” said Eddie’s long-time partner of 33 years Lillibeth Romero who was talking to The STAR about the tragic incident for the first time. “I learned that when he stumbled on a cable wire and hit his head on the pavement, he broke his spinal cord. It was the ‘freakest’ of accidents that could have been prevented.”  

During the confusion at Mary Johnston, Lillibeth’s son Nikki Romero was swamped with inquiries about what really happened and said it could have been a heart attack, which was later corrected after doctors at Mary Johnston checked Eddie and said he didn’t suffer a heart attack at all. GMA 7 sources issued what was purported to be an “official family statement” based on what Nikki said, only to clarify in a succeeding statement that it was investigating what really happened despite a graphic video clip that went viral only minutes after the accident.

“Eddie was revived at Mary Johnston and moved to Makati Med where my uncle, Dr. Enrique Lagman, confirmed that he suffered neither a heart attack nor an aneurism,” added Lillibeth who has booked a room so she could watch over Eddie and entertain visiting friend and relatives. “I was asked if I wanted to have Eddie resuscitated but I bided my time. I might make a decision this afternoon (yesterday).”

Although she said that she was not blaming anybody for the accident and was even thanking the people who lifted (the unconscious) Eddie from the pavement and carried him to a passing cab, Lillibeth said that (the GMA 7) management should have assigned a medic or a standby vehicle on the set.

She was saddened by the fact that nobody from GMA 7 was “manning the set” and noted that some of those who helped Eddie had no shirt on, obviously bystanders.

“I was told that the accident happened on the third shoot of the same scene from another angle,” related Lillibeth, “and they should have checked the condition of the street and if cable wires were scattered all around. It was an accident that could have been prevented.”

As of yesterday afternoon, Lillibeth hadn’t talked with the GMA 7 management yet.

According to GMA executive Lilybeth Rasonable, GMA has been in touch with the family of Eddie since Day 1.

Lillibeth recalled that Eddie left home at 5 o’clock that Saturday morning after a breakfast of cereals and bananas.

“He reminded the maid to wake him up at 4 o’clock. At the breakfast table, I even kidded him, ‘Uy, you will be the earliest to arrive on the set again ha. He was never late, always the first to arrive on the set, always prepared for the day’s shoot.”

A few hours later, according to Lillibeth, she called Eddie’s driver and bodyguard to check if Eddie was waiting for a “take” at a comfortable place. It was so hot and the shoot was done outdoors on Vitas St. in Tondo.

“I rest assured when they told me that Eddie was in an air-conditioned tent.”

Lillibeth revealed that Eddie was in the pink of health since they undergo executive check-up once every three months. 

“His blood pressure and blood sugar were normal,” said Lillibeth, “and he even campaigned (for a party list) in last May 13 elections, staying under the oppressive sun for hours. I was with him, prepared with towels, drinks and sandwiches. So I was devastated when I saw that accident on the video clip. And it had to happen in line of work! I saw the video only once and I don’t want to see it again.”

Asked if she felt any premonition, Lillibeth said no.

“Nothing unusual the night before and the morning of that day,” said Lillibeth, choking back emotion. “Everything was the usual. As he used to, he was smiling when he bade me goodbye. At the ICU, I keep on whispering to him, never mind if he doesn’t respond at all, not even with a slight movement of his fingers.”

89 comments:

  1. Nakakalungkot sobra. Inalagaan at desiplinado sa health niya pero due to iresponsible people eto pa nangyari.

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    1. Wala naman gustong mangyari yung nangyari sa kanya. Oo may pagkukulang ang KaH pero at this point let's not blame and point fingers na.

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    2. So true! Truly 💔

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    3. Tanggol pa more 1:30 pero talaga namang GMA ang may kasalanan. Ayan nga umabot ng 90 yrs old and still kicking tapos dahil sa katipiran and irresponsibility nagka.ganyan si Manoy. Nakakabwiset lang talaga

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    4. Ipa DOLE ang GMA!

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    5. Negligence pa rin on their part 1:30AM. Buti sana kung first time lang may nngyari na ganito sa artista nila. 2nd or 3rd na ata ito.

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    6. If a life will be taken due to negligence, then the responsible parties need to be brought to justice. Hindi porke't no one wanted it to happen ay hindi na dapat sila panagutin. The family took well care of him and it's heartbreaking to know that this happened to him in the hands of those you entrusted to treat him with care and professionalism.

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    7. Bakit ba nila pinagpipilitan na napatid ng wire? Naapakan niya at nadrag niya pero hindi siya napatid dun. Bakit walang news nga na nagpunta dun sa location at tingnan yung pavement na hindi pantay na me lubak! Dahil baka nasementuhan at napantay na???

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    8. May kasalanan ang GMA. If they dont get punished - magiging pabaya ang network sa safety procedures. Safety should be a main concern sa lahat ng taping.

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    9. At 1:30 am...wag ganyan... kung hindi dahil sa kapabayaan nila ayos pa sana c mr. Garcia. Maalaga xa sa katawan nya kaya nakakasama ng loob na makita yung video kung pano ngyari ang lahat.

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    10. 1:30 Kapuso fantard spotted! Yes walang may gusto mangyari nun but someone should still be held accountable for this, especially sa workplace nangyari. Imbecile!

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    11. 1:30 what are you talking about? Hindi ito mga bata na nagtulukan at napilayan lang. Sa medical bulletin pa lang, makikita mo na ang worst case scenario (na im still praying di mangyari). Yes, aksidente to, pero nangyari pa rin dahil sa negligence ng GMA. Tapos let's not blame ka dian?? Feeling ko lolo ko ang pinabayaan kaya di pwede sakin na walang mananagot diyan

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    12. Hindi pwedeng walang managot sa nangyari, sabi nga ni Lilibeth na avoidable naman ang nangyari pero naging irresponsible ang mga staff/GMA. Buti pa nun nasa AP siya, dahil they really took care of him by not making him do a lot of moving/walking/running...imagine nabagok ang ulo tapos yung basta na lang siya binuhat kaya nagka spinal injury pa.

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    13. Regardless if napatid or hindi sa cable wire,ang tanong dyan ay bakit walang na stand by na ambulance or medic sa set. If he was probably carried by a medical person baka siguro di naaggrevate ung injury nya..imagine sinakay lang sa taxi and malay ba natin kung pano sya binuhat.. at his age and with that kind of fall dapat carried by stretcher yan.

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  2. Please noooooo. 😭

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    1. Same here. I'll be very sad. :'( Yan mga levels nina sir Eddie G, Ma'am Gloria Romero, etc. Talagang treasures na sila ng industriya. Imagine at 90 he's still doing his passion. Haaayyy nakakalungkot :(

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  3. Oh, GMA, your negligence would certainly ruin you. Blood in your hands for not taking good care of your people.

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    1. True. No medical emergency team,, no stretcher, no medical emergency vehicle. Isinakay pa sa taxi para dalhin sa hospital. GMA is a cheapskate, irresponsible employer.

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    2. Big lawsuit na agad yan if andito yan sa US

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  4. God please save him Kakaiyak!

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  5. This is terribly sad.

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  6. Naintindihan ko bakit di pa siya nakikipag usap sa GMA. And it only means di pa fully inaako ng network ang pagkakamali. Otherwise, di ganyan ang statement niya. GMA cannot deny na mayroon talagang kapabayaan na nangyari.

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    1. Nag viral nga ang video. I hope GMA does not try a cover up.

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    2. Buti talaga may video. At baka hindi natin alam ang totoong ngyari kung ganon

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  7. So sad esp when this could’ve been prevented if only GMA made sure the set was safe for taping and medics on standby as per protocol. Something tells me the family will sue and rightfully so!

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  8. May kirot sa puso akong naramdaman.

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    1. Ako rin anon 1:21.. nakakasad kc alam naman natin na maalaga xa sa katawan. Naabot nya ang edad na ganyan.. tas ng dahil lang sa carelessness ng gma... haist... still praying for Mr Gracia to be healed.

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  9. 3rd take na pala yun. Grabe. Grabe lang talaga. Someone should be accountable for this.

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    1. Really? Third take? Gosh. Anu kaya iniisip ng direktor ng serye na yun no?

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  10. GMA
    Check the surroundings sa susunod para hindi na maulit ung ganitong pangyayari.

    Speedy recovery for Mr. eddie

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  11. ang sakit basahin!

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  12. Nakakalungkot. Pwede.naman kasi ipa-double bakit hindi ginawa. Sorry, i feel napaka irresponsible ng network.

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  13. Sir Eddie is such a great actor and a legend, I’d like to think he’s just acting and will wake up anytime soon.

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  14. Galing ba ito sa GMA news? Walang plano si Lilibeth Romero i pull out yung life support ininterview na siya kanina! While si LiLIEbeth Rasonable "is in touch with the family" hahahahaha! So hindi sagot ng GMA ang bills?????

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  15. This broke my heart. Get well soon, manoy!

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  16. Nakakaiyak at nakakagalit! Kahit di nya ako kilala pero feeling ko parang lolo ko na sya dahil lagi ko syang nakikita sa tv at hanga ako sa kanya dahil umabot sya sa age nyang 90 at malakas pero dahil sa kapabayaan ng GMA naging ganyan sya ng ganun lang kadali.

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  17. not the way to go for somebody who values life. this is so painful.

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  18. pasensya na po pero hindi ko lang nagustuhan na yung 90 years old na tao ay pinatatakbo. Bakit ganun ang role? maski lola ko hindi pwedeng patatakbuhin dahil baka madapa.

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    1. True. Bakit walang double? Bakit tinanggap nya ang role na ganyan?

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    2. Let's say na fit pa rin siya sa ginawa niyang scenes pero kailangan pa rin na may medical team kahit one year old, 20 years old, 50 years old o 90 years old siya. Tapos may naka-usli pang lubak at nakakalat na cable wire.

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    3. Same. Pag umuulan nga, pinipigilan ko lumabas ang lola ko at baka madulas. At parang kay sir eddie, hindi na rin natataas masiyado ang paa kaya natatalisod. Marupok na mga buto nila, common sense naman sana sa mga networks diyan.

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  19. Sa lahat ng angle, mali talaga ang GMA. First off, bakit bibigyan ng ganung eksena yung senior actor nila? I know na hindi uso ang creativity sa mga writers nila pero they could always tweak the script. Kung hindi naman, pwede dayain ng direktor ang shots. Secondly, bakit walang medic na naka-standby? Hindi ba yun ang SOP? Sa ABS, hindi ka pwede mag-shoot without marshals and safety officers. Kahit simpleng event lang, mag-aassign sila ng certain number of marshals and medic. Marami man artista niyong dala, big stars man or hindi.

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    1. Wala ring emergency vehicle. Isinakay siya sa taxi which means wala siya sa stretcher, and the man has spinal injury. Makes me mad.

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    2. 3:08 Yes, so obviously wala talagang may alam ng first aid sa kanilang lahat. I get it na gusto lang tumulong nung mga nagkarga sa kanya pero kasi it just made things worse. At lahat ng yun naiwasan sana kung naging responsible lang ang GMA at naglagay ng standby na medic. I will never ever work for this network jeez.

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    3. TRUE NA TRUE 1:43. Kahit ano pang 'accidents happen' excuse ang gamitin, this was one accident that could have EASILY been prevented if they just followed their 'alleged' SOP. I say alleged kasi sabi sa official statement nila lagi naman daw sila may medic - kaya iniimbestigahan bakit wala in this particular taping. Yeah right.

      And bakit daw kinocompare sa ABS? Uhmmm hellooo... Part si Manoy ng Ang Probinsyano, an action-filled serye, for three years - nagshoot sa kung saan-saan - masikip na lugar sa Maynila, sa bundok, at sa kung saan pa man...Kahit minor injury hindi naexperience ni Manoy OR ng ibang cast. Bakit kaya ano?

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  20. Ito yata yung pwede na bara bara by system. Oo pwede na yan location shoot today. Well look what happened

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  21. Don Emilio, lumaban ka pls.

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  22. Nakakaiyak dahil ramdam ko ang pagiging mabuting tao at partner ni Madam. She never blamed GMA. Kung ako yan warla na ko. Plus she seems to be very maalagain kay mr. Eddie.

    Hoping for a miracle!

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    1. Alagang alaga mabuti ng partner sabay ganyan lang ang mangyayare dahil sa kapabayaan.

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    2. Inalagaan niyang mabuti ang sarili niya at inalagaan rin siyang mabuti ng partner niya. Tapos ganyan sa workplace niya.

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    3. True. Kung ako magwawala talaga ako. Nakalala yung pagbuhat sa kanya that way and pag intay ng taxi. Irresponsible talaga.

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  23. Goes to show how healthy si Mr. Eddie. Imagine DOA na when he arrive but up until now lumalaban pa yung katawan nya. Take note, he’s 90 years old!

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  24. an injury to the neck, the first and second vertebrae in the spinal column (C1, C2), or the mid-cervical vertebrae (C3, C4, and C5) affects the respiratory muscles and the ability to breathe. Nabasa ko lang, kaya pala nag iba ang kulay nya sa video.

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  25. Nun bata ako okay pa manood ng mga action film gaya ng kina Eddie G,nakakasad ito,praying for you Manoy!!!

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  26. GMA!!!1st Christopher De Leon, now Eddie Garcia!Di na kayo natuto!!!!

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  27. my god! dapat talaga may managot. tingnan niyo kung saan nangyari ang kapabayaan ng production team.

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  28. Just wondering, nakasama kaya sa lagay nya yung basta nalang binuhat? Lagi ko kasi nababasa at naririnig na advice to not touch a victim of accident dahil it may cause further damage or worse, death.

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    1. yes. dapat kasi yun nilagyan sya agad ng neckbrace at hiniga sa stretcher or any solid flat surface. di yan basta-basta ginagalaw.

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  29. nakakalungkot na sa tibay niya at pag-alaga sa health sa isang freak accident lang siya magkaganyan

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  30. In what alternate universe did GMA think there were 90-year old cops in the first place at ginawa nilang ganyan ang role ni Manoy? At pulis na in pursuit talaga ha? At 90? Ano SPO1 parin? Hindi man lang ginawang chief yung role ni Manoy na para ang scenes didn’t involve that much action and more on leadership of the force? Kapuso ako but that alone, I will never understand. Nakakaloka naman kase.

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    1. Oo nga,or Kung Yun talaga pinupush nila...Sana man Lang naglagay Ng double...ano ba Yan..90 yrs old papatakbuhin mo...Di man Lang nila iniisip..Kung Lolo ba nila Yun,ganun pa din Gagawin nila.. sobrang pagtitipid Naman..ni walang medic sa location...ang taas Din Kita Ng station nila sa mga ads..isa din sila sa leading station, hayz frustrating...

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    2. Ikr? Parang primary requirement talaga sa mga writers ng GMA na hindi dapat creative at hindi rin nag-iisip. It shows naman sa mga program nila.

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  31. hay sana gumaling pa sya

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  32. imbes na ambulance taxi pa eh ang traffic pa naman sa pinas kung ambulance sana mas mabilis papuntang hospital dahil mag-gigive-way ang mga sasakyan sa tabi. so tuloy-tuloy ang biyahe. sobrang daming mali talaga sa paghandle nila kay sir eddie.

    pansin ko din sa panonood ng serye at ibang programa kapag may accident scene imbes na tumawag ng ambulance, agad-agad nilang bubuhatin yung tao o kaya hihingi ng tulong sa kapitbahay o sa mga tao sa paligid. baket wala bang ambulance sa pinas, ganyan na ba ka hirap ang bansa natin? o talagang walang alam sa basic first aid at health and safety ang mga tao. o walang pake?

    i think it's time na maging super aware sila sa basic first aid at health and safety para maiwasan ang ganitong pangyayari. basic na nga di pa magawa! at laging ipaalala para di makalimot tulad sa mga serye na maraming naka-abang araw-araw sana yung tamang medical info ang ipalabas. at least sa panonood araw-araw may masasagap pa tayong makabulohang impormasyon.

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    1. FREE HEALTH CARE

      Saan kukunin ang pondo? Mahirap lang tayo na bansa baon pa sa utang! Wag kayong umasang maging tulad ng ibang mayayamang mga bansa! WALA PANG MGA DISIPLINA DAHIL AYAW PADISIPLINA! KALAYAAN SISIKILIN PAG NAGPATUPAD NG DISIPLINA!

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    2. @321AM sad to say, mura ang buhay sa pilipinas, kaya nga marami sa atin umalis di ba? mas gusto ng marami na makatipid, mangurakot, makakaisa and mag-pabida. after manoy, you think filipinos would learn? hindi pa rin. masakit sa damdamin but this all might be in vain. may God bless our pilipins.

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    3. Calling an ambulance is not free in the Philippines, sometimes it can even reach up to 10k depending on the hospital and location. Charged yan sa patient at hihintayin pa ang ambulansya dumating. And really, ambulances are not being given priority in traffic anyway. Lalo na pag rush hour, naku wala talaga. The point is that GMA should really have provided a standy-by medic and the other necessary things for health emergencies. Ang sabi nga sa article, mukhang mga tambay pa ang tumulong and they responded with the best that they could at that time. Pero maganda ang sinabi mo na dapat makatotohanan ang pinapalabas sa mga teleserye pagdating sa medical emergencies para kapulutan ng aral. Kung masyadong boring or hindi feasible ipakita onscreen, at least closer to the truth diba.

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    4. 3:21 actually nagulat din ako na binuhat nila basta. Kasi nakakita na ko ng motorcycle accident dito sa fairview highway, at meron din naman sa news, nakahiga lang sila habang nakaintay sa ambulance. So alam naman ng iba na wag gagalawin. Un nga lang nakapaligid din sa kanila ang mga usisero, ang hirap.

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  33. A life well lived doesn't desrve this way to go.
    Still holding on to prayers for recovery.

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  34. GMA7, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE? ������

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  35. This is so heart breaking. I've watched some of his movies growing up and I love his comedic style even though he's an action star. Bilin na bilib pa ako na he's still so healthy and working kahit 90 na. And then all of a sudden ganito lang mangyayari. Lord sana maging ok pa siya.

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    1. Ako naman, I've watched his movies from way back in Sampaguita Pictures. He was so very handsome and debonaire, although madalas aristocratic, contrabida mga roles niya. And noon pa man, he was quite eloquent and has such a rich speaking voice lalu na pag nag English. Yung mga artista noon, well-spoken and very proper kung kumilos. Sa mga contemporaries niya, he's one one of the few ones who are still around. Its so sad, he still has a long story to tell our generation.

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  36. baka lumalala dahil dun sa mga taong mga nagbubuhat. mali ang buhat kaya lumalala yung neck fracture ba un. baka lang.

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    1. well hindi sana magkakamali ng buhat kung may standby medic

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  37. Why do they have to do that? Yung kapitbahay namin na in his early twenties nacomatose din ng mga ilang araw pero eto, buhay na buhay naman ngayon. Parang normal padin gaya ng dati.

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  38. para sa akin, feeling ko talaga my nararamdaman na yun bago pa natumba. kahit anong timgin ko s vid di ko makita na napatid sya. parang papunta na sya sa patumba kaya parang napatid sya.

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    1. ang injury naman niya based sa result sa hospital eh ndi heart attack, yun injury niya is because of the fall. yun cardiac arrest nga niya happened AFTER the fall, meaning lahat ng dahilan ng pagka ospital niya is pagkahulog niya.

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    2. 6:48. Kung makikita mong maglakad ang mga ganyan na katanda, normal na lang nilang lakad yun, yung parang nagshuffle lang, hindi talaga umaangat halos yung paa. So yung presence ng loose wire, hindi sya yung usual na 'mapapatid' - ma-out of balance lang talaga. And obviously, he didn't anticipate the wire was there, kaya nagulat sya at na-out of balance.

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  39. im praying something miraculous would happen. pls god , heal him

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  40. Nasayang lang lahat dahil sa kapabayaan

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  41. Nakakaiyak. Huhuhu

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  42. Kung si Wilma Galvate pa sana ang Pres. of Ent. dept ng GMA-7 siguro maayos ang pamamalakad. Mula nang umalis sya ng Syete parang bumaba na rin ang quality ng mga teleserye nila at nagkakaproblema sa productions. Hindi naaalagaan mabuti ang mga artista.

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    1. Sino na ba pumalit sa kanya?

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  43. I WAS a kapuso but I am so heartbroken over this issue na gusto kong may managot sa nangyari. This was utter negligence. An eye for an eye. Hindi mapagbibintangan ang hanap natin dito but a lesson. Somebodyd did not do their job properly and a life is about to be lost because of it.

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  44. Seriously a 90-year old man playing a cop?? D ba nag iisip ang casting? D ba pwedeng gawin syang general para nakaupo lang sya. Ung totoong pulis nga 60 retired na minsan ung 90 pa kaya. Tsk

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  45. its plain negligence on the part of GMA...magaling man ang lawyers nila pero kita naman he was hurt ke magpalusot pa sila o makalusot...this will go down in history na sa station nila nasaktan ang isang legend sa showbiz. Sayang.

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  46. GMA ang may pananagutan neto,sad to say na sa kabayaan nyo nag aagaw buhay at nagkaganyan si Sir Eddie 😢😢😢😢

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