Actor and producer Coco Martin (age 37) reacted to the complaint of Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde against his prime time TV series “Ang Probinsyano” on ABS-CBN.
On his Instagram account, Coco Martin posted the disclaimer of the show which says that the names, characters, and incidents in “Ang Probinsyano” are purely fiction.
He wrote “Pasensya na po!” [Sorry!]
At the same time, in an interview with the media, Coco Martin further explained his side.
He said he is thankful that PNP supported and guided ” FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” from the beginning.
Coco said that since it has been more than 3 years that the show has been running, characters and stories are expected to change.
Nagkataon lang na bumaliktad yung kwento…Mahaba pa yung proseso, mahaba pa ang lalakbayin nung kwento.
[It just so happened that the story turned upside down…The process is still long, the story still has a long way to go.]
The star said that he understands what the PNP Chief feels, and that he is apologizing for what’s happening now. He also wants to have a dialogue with the PNP Chief so that everything can be ironed out.
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— MJ Felipe (@mjfelipe) November 15, 2018
How the PNP – “Ang Probinsyano” controversy started
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde complained that police officers are portrayed as villains in the top rated “Ang Probinsyano” series in a Camp Crame interview on November 14, 2018. .
He said that the chief PNP as a villain never happened in real life and is unrealistic.
Albayalde was referring to the “Ang Probinsyano” villain named Alejandro Terante, a PNP chief who attempted to kill the president.
Albayalde said he had a meeting with the Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and had already sent a letter to the MTRCB and will be in touch with the producers of “Ang Probinsyano”.
For his part, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año claims that “Ang Probinsyano” has negatively affected the morale of the police force. He wants the plot of the series to be rewritten to portray cops in a better light.
MTRCB Chairman Rachel Arenas, who is now mediating between the parties involved, said that ABS-CBN has already drafted a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and has submitted the MOU to the PNP for comments.
ABS-CBN statement on “Ang Probinsyano”
ABS-CBN immediately issued a statement in reaction to PNP Chief Albayalde’s complaint on November 14, 2018.
Kane Errol Choa, the ABS-CBN Head of it Integrated Corporate Communications, issued the following 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
Reactions on the Controversy
Netizens who aired their side on the controversy are mostly siding with the “Ang Probinsyano” star. A lot of them mentioned the saying, “Bato bato sa langit, tamaan huwag magalit” [Throw the stones to the heavens, those who get hit, do not get mad.].
Senator Grace Poe herself quoted the same saying. She also said that one should look at the bigger picture of the entire plot of “Ang Probinsyano”, considering that Cardo (Coco Martin) is also a cop fighting for the right and just.
Netizens meanwhile, said that the action-drama series may be hurting the top brass of the PNP because the plot somehow touches on the truth and that “truth hurts”.
Some are also saying that “Ang Probinsyano” also has characters that are good cops. They echoed the view of Senator Poe that Coco Martin himself plays the role of a dedicated, incorruptible member of the PNP.
On the other hand, there were some who defended PNP Albayalde’s stand and agreed that “Ang Probinsyano” is going the wrong way in their portrayal of cops as the series’ top villains.