- Many celebrities wanted to name Eddie Garcia as “National Artist”
- Malacañang commented on this call by the local actors
- However, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that the decision was not up to President Rodrigo Duterte
The Malacañang Palace has commented on the call of the celebrities to make the late actor Eddie Garcia as “National Artist.”
KAMI learned that Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo clarified that the decision was not up to President Rodrigo Duterte.
As reported by ABS-CBN News, Panelo said that there is a body that would review the qualifications of Garcia to become a National Artist.
“There is a mechanism for that, merong body that will study,” Panelo said.
“But if you ask me, given the fact na 70 years in the movie industry, kung ako member ay iboboto ko siya as National Artist,” he added.
In a previous report by KAMI, many actors were lobbying to name Garcia as a National Artist.
Among of them are Senator-elect Lito Lapid, Bong Revilla, Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez, and Batangas Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto who worked with Garcia since they joined the industry.
"Siyempre alam naman ng lahat that Tito Eddie is an institution. Nararapat lamang na ibigay sa kanya 'yung para sa kanya kasi, kung meron man tayong dapat hangaan, up to his last breath ay nasa show business,” Santos-Recto said.
"Kung may tataas pa doon ibigay na natin because there is only one Eddie Garcia. I'll push for that," Revilla said.
Meanwhile, actor Christopher De Leon said that the recognition could have been given to Garcia when he was still alive.
The late Eddie Garcia had been in the industry for about 70 years now. He was a veteran actor and director. His recent works were "ML," "Hintayan ng Langit," and "Rainbow's Sunset."
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