Is it true that Arci Munoz's character was killed off in Pamilya Ko because of an attitude problem she had?
On February 28, a blind item in Bandera reported that the character of a "pasaway na aktres" was killed in the teleserye she is part of.
According to the blind item, the "pasaway na aktres" has been going on international trips frequently, causing her to be absent in tapings.
Whenever she's taping for the series, the blind item also said, the actress comes to the set late.
At the time the blind item came out, Arci's character, Betty, was killed off in Pamilya Ko.
Betty's death came as a shock to viewers because she is a major character: the love interest of Chico, played by JM de Guzman.
People then connected the blind item to Arci's sudden exit from ABS-CBN's Pamilya Ko.
In an interview with Cinema News on March 4, 2020, Arci denied the attitude-problem rumors and discussed the real reason why she left Pamilya Ko.
Explaining, Arci said, "Schedule ko kasi, parang it doesn't permit... parang M-W-F kasi ang taping namin, so yung schedule ko, right now I'm gonna be doing movies.
"Sabi ko, I have to choose: mga opportunities na mawawala over soap, ganyan, scheduling ang naging desisyon ko."
According to Arci, she and the production of Pamilya Ko were able to talk things over regarding her exit from the show.
Pamilya Ko is handled by RGE Drama Unit, headed by Rizza Gonzales-Ebriega.
RGE Drama Unit is under the Scripted Format department of Ruel Santos Bayani (RSB), who was formerly a business unit head of ABS-CBN drama programs.
It was in the unit of Ruel Bayani where Arci started her career in ABS-CBN, via the prime-time series Pasion de Amor.
Arci said, "Nag-usap kami ng production talaga nang maayos.
"Love ko yan, family ko yan, diyan ako nagsimula sa RSB.
"Kasi ang dami ko ring gustong gawin talaga na mga proyekto na hindi ko magagawa. Pinagbigyan nila ako, binigay nila sa akin yun."
Arci also said that she has five movies lined up, two of which are independent films that she really wants to do.
"Kasi meron akong isang pelikula na gusto ko talagang gawin, mga indie na never ko nagawa sa buong buhay ko.
"Dalawang indie yun na gustong gusto ko talagang gawin. Nagkakaroon ng conflict sa schedule ko. Sabi ko, palalampasin ko ba yung pagkakataon na yun?
"Though naintindihan naman nila ako na yun yung naging choice ko, at saka napag-usapan namin ng mabuti na nandoon kami sa set, napag-usapan namin ng mga bosses na ayun, sa schedule.
"Dami kong gustong gawin, e. Okay naman kami, scheduling talaga."
Arci also points out that the production of Pamilya Ko understood her decision.
"Oo, sobrang mahinahon nila akong kinausap on set. Parang naintindihan nila.
"[Sabi nila], 'Kapag nalibot mo na yung buong mundo, balik ka na lang.'
"Sabi ko, 'Opo.'Ano naman, e, family naman kami doon sa Pamilya Ko.
"Naintindihan nila na ang dami ko pang gustong gawin, 31 na ako, e."
Even her Pamilya Ko leading man, JM de Guzman, understands Arci's decision.
"Tinawagan pa ako ni JM, 'Totoo, aalis ka?'
"Sabi ko, 'Kasi JM, I just can't pass on this kind of opportunities.'"
While Arci is sad over her departure from the show, she believes that her exit will give other cast members of Pamilya Ko the opportunity to shine in the Kapamilya show.
"Noong kinausap ko rin yung handler ko, sabi ko na kung papipiliin ako sa limang pelikula over sa soap... parang kasi, minsan lang din ako makapag-taping kasi, di ba, sobrang dami ring characters?
"So, sabi ko, bigyan na lang natin ng chance yung iba na talagang mag-shine, bigyan sila ng plot na para sa kanila.
"Nag-usap kami talaga. For sure naman magkakatrabaho kami.
"Diyos ko, ako pa ba attitude attitude, laidback at chill na tao?
"So sa schedule, schedule talaga."
Pamilya Ko has been airing on ABS-CBN's pre-prime-time slot since September 2019.