By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
The Senate is set to honor veteran actor and director Eddie Garcia for his contributions to the Philippine movie industry, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Friday.
Sotto said he is mulling the filing of a resolution in the 18th Congress to recognize Garcia and his invaluable contributions to the country.
“We’re thinking about it, of how to craft it, so that it befits him,” the Senate chief told reporters in an interview.
Sotto also welcomed a proposal in the House of Representatives to push Garcia’s proclamation as a National Artist.
“That’s a very distinct possibility,” he said.
Garcia, a multi-awarded movie and television actor, died Thursday afternoon after suffering a neck fracture he sustained from an accident during a taping of his upcoming series in GMA-7.
A long-time friend to the late actor, Sotto had nothing but praises for Garcia as he remembered his fond memories and banters with him.
He also cited Garcia’s professionalism, which he said served as an example to him in his career in show business and politics.
“His talent is a given, his aura and character are given…But his professionalism is something to be proud of. [He was] never late, never absent,” Sotto said, recalling his experience with him during the campaign sorties of late movie icon Fernando Poe Jr. during the 2004 presidential elections.
“When he focuses, I’ve seen it in his work as an actor, he is really focused,” he added.
Aside from this, Garcia was also compassionate to fellow actors.
“He goes out of way to make you feel good, better, confident,” Sotto said.