NAG-ISYU ng official statement ang ABS-CBN tungkol sa isyung kinasasangkutan ngayong ng teleseryeng FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano na pinagbibidahan ni Coco Martin. Ayon sa network, walang intensyon ang programa na sirain ang reputasyon ng PNP o ng kahit anong organisas-yon.
Iginiit din nila na ang mga tauhan, lugar at pang-yayari na napapanood sa programa ay pawang fictitious o kathang isip lamang na nakalagay naman sa disclaimer ng programa bago ang simula ng pagpapalabas nito gabi-gabi.
“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,” nilalaman ng kanilang official statement.
Samantala, umapila naman ang grupo ng Concerned Artists of the Philippines sa kanilang fellow artists na patuloy na ipaglaban ang freedom of expression.
Anila, “We, from the Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) condemn the remarks of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año and Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde on the portrayal of the Philippine police in the primetime action drama series Ang Probinsyano, which currently explores the fictional plot of Presidential destabilization attempts in connivance in police forces.
“These PNP and DILG officials have no right to meddle in the content and direction of mass media and other cultural productions.
“They should stick to cleaning up their own ranks of real-life destabilizers, human rights violators, and other shady suspect characters if they really want to project an image of credibility to the Filipino people.
“We laud and encourage other fellow artists and cultural workers to continue calling out these attacks on freedom of expression, the suppression of truth, and human rights violations. Let us continue uniting and strengthening our ranks against a renewed wave of assaults.”
Handa namang makipagdayalogo si Coco sa pamunuan ng PNP. Humingi na rin siya ng paumanhin kung may mga hindi sinasadyang nasaktan ang FPJAP.