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Aiko Melendez calls for standby medic, cutoff time in tapings
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Aiko Melendez calls for standby medic, cutoff time in tapings

June 12 ------ Actress Aiko Melendez believes medical personnel should be a requirement in movie sets and tapings. Artists’ cutoff times must also be followed, she said. Melendez made her remarks after veteran actor Eddie Garcia suffered a neck fracture when he tripped on a cable wire and fell while shooting an upcoming TV series on June 8. The 90-year-old actor is currently under critical observation. “I know it will [cost] more, but for safety dba. And cut offs tlga should be followed. I have a cut off na nasusunod naman sa ‘Wildflower.’ So this goes to all the units na wala cut-offs,” Melendez said via Facebook on June 8. “Our body needs to rest too. If machines needs to be turned off, at a certain time and so as our body [sic].”

Melendez explained in another post that having cutoffs as an artist does not mean they do not want to cooperate; it is to instill discipline. She also said the production crew is the most pitiful during tapings since they are the last to go home. “And tawag dyan discipline,” she said. “Both parties. Madami ako kilala na lesser stars na di maka angal and as in one to sawa ang taping… Even the crews sila ang pinaka kawawa coz last to go home sila. And some segue pa.” Melendez expressed her hope that cutoffs for artists be uniform in tapings. She cited director Ruel Bayani as an example. “Si Direk Ruel Bayani I heard pag lumalagpas sa cut off pumupunta mismo sa set para iunplug ung generator. Sana maging great example to sa lahat…” said Melendez. “So my advice is, all you have to do is ask nicely. And this should be mandatory! Lahat ng bagay nadadaan naman sa pakiusap also.”