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Ang Probinsyano’s Latest Threat: PNP and DILG

It has been a mostly smooth-sailing run for ABS-CBN’s ‘Ang Probinsyano’, until now.

Earlier this week, the Philippine National Police, led by Director General Oscar Albayalde, criticized ‘Ang Probinsyano’ for its supposed unfair portrayal of the police force. This led to the PNP withdrawing any further support to the long-running ABS-CBN action series.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) also sided with the PNP’s opinion on the show and considered filing legal charges against the producers of ‘Ang Probinsyano’. In response, ABS-CBN issued this statement.

“FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” assures the Philippine National Police (PNP) that the characters, places, and incidents in the program are purely fictitious as stated in the disclaimer aired at the start of the show every night. There is no intention to smear the reputation of any organization or portray any person in a negative light.

The program has also portrayed its main character, Cardo, as a hardworking police officer dedicated to saving lives and serving his fellowmen. As in the past years, “FPJAP” has highlighted that good shall always triumph over evil and has shared valuable lessons and family values that have resonated with viewers.

— Kane Errol Choa

Head, Integrated Corporate Communications

Senator Grace Poe, Gabriela, Jasmine Curtis-Smith and the group Let’s Organize for Democracy and Integrity (LODI) sided with ABS-CBN over the matter and chided the PNP and DILG over its perceived censorship of the series. Meanwhile, DILG secretary Eduardo Año would seek a meeting with the MTRCB and ABS-CBN executives regarding the matter.

As of November 16, 2018, ‘Ang Probinsyano’ has aired 813 episodes and is the highest-rated primetime series in the country with an average of 40% in the ratings. But with this latest issue facing the show, it appears as though its dominance may soon taper.

At this point, viewers of the show can only hope against the inevitability of cancellation should the PNP and DILG file and perhaps win its case against ‘Ang Probinsyano’. If that happens, it may become a repeat of ‘Voltes V’ and ‘Daimos’ getting banned from television under the Marcos regime, and it will be utter humiliation for media freedom.

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7 thoughts on “Ang Probinsyano’s Latest Threat: PNP and DILG

  1. It’s a shame that the present PNP Chief is my kabalen but “Art imitates life.” If he’s that onion-skinned, then he should clean up their ranks.

    Look at the news from the messenger on their fellows in the institution — rape for liberty, rape incident in the training center. For shame. Dishonor on you; dishonor on your cow!

    For the haters and the fed-up of the teleserye, don’t worry, it will be over by two months unless there is an extension. Then, Angel Locsin’s project (The General’s Daughter) will finally be airing.

  2. X32 says:

    So no more characters in police uniforms nor appearances of Camp Crame on FPJAP for now?

    @timowp17
    According to your timetable, and with at least two older stars running for the 2019 elections, expect rushed stories, particularly with Lucas Cabrera. Meanwhile TGD reportedly has only a week worth of episodes shot, and rumors of script rewirtes emerge. Tight schedules notwithstanding, will TGD appear at the trade event on the 27th?

    • Perhaps.

      @X32: Trade events season na naman.

      IMO, it’s just like an election campaign but in an annual or seasonal basis for stockholders and stakeholders (particularly advertisers). They promised the pitch shows but sometimes they’re either late or won’t be able to deliver due to unforeseen circumstances, popular demands and deliberately engineered programming.

  3. Pingback: Take It Back: PNP, DILG Express Support to Ang Probinsyano in Joint Statement | From the Tube

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