THE Philippine National Police has formally asked the producer of ABS-CBN’s top primetime teleserye “Ang Probinsyano” to stop portraying the PNP chief as “evil personified” saying it is contrary to the image of the real PNP chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde.
In the long-running teleserye, a fictional PNP chief named “Director General Alejandro Ternate” being portrayed by actor Soliman Cruz is seen as wearing the uniform of a 4-star police general complete with bodyguards exactly the same as a real police chief but “barking” illegal orders to his men.
“Ang Probinsyano’s” fictional police chief is seen getting orders from a corrupt former Vice President-turned-President Lucas Cabrera (played by Edu Manzano) to kill whoever gets in their way aside from being involved in illegal drugs and mining.
The fictional “PNP chief” is also seen following “unlawful” orders such as killing the character of President Oscar Hidalgo (being portrayed by Rowel Santiago).
In the teleserye, “President Hidalgo” was saved by the Vendetta group led by main character SPO2 Ricardo “Cardo” Dalisay, portrayed by popular actor Coco Martin.
The PNP officials told the Journal Group that although the hit TV show stressed the characters are all fictitious, they somehow “smear” the image of the real-life PNP chief and the police force.
The PNP pointed out that since these fictional characters wear police uniforms, act and talk as “real” cops, the teleserye’s “bad policemen” led by Gen. Ternate unintentionally make it appear to the viewers’ -- young and old -- minds that top police officials are “evil.” The Police-Community Relations Group headed by Chief Superintendent Rhodel O. Sermonia has sought a series of consultative meetings with the “Ang Probinsyano” producers, directors and scriptwriters along with the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board to discuss the PNP’s concern.
Sermonia said the tereserye’s director and scriptwriters have yet to agree to change the script and to show some positive aspects of the police force, specifically those who are risking their lives and limbs to keep the streets safe.