Philippine National Police clarifies stand in airing of ‘Ang Probinsyano’

November 18, 2018
Oscar D. Albayalde

THE Philippine National Police leadership headed by Director General Oscar D. Albayalde had made it clear it does not want giant ABS-CBN to stop the airing of its hit ‘Ang Probinsiyano’ series but is merely concerned with the negative portrayal of the police force in the more than three-year-old teleserye and wants it corrected as soon as possible.

The Journal Group learned that the PNP has called on the attention of Movie and Television Review and Classification Board chairperson Maria Rachel J. Arenas to seriously look into the matter specifically their concern that the ‘Ang Probinsiyano’ has put the uniformed organization in a bad light, its recent episodes continuously portraying PNP personnel including the Chief PNP as villains, thus literally putting the PNP as ‘bad guys in the eyes of the public.’

Officials also have called the attention of ABS-CBN president and chief executive officer Mr. Carlo Katigbak and Ms. Camille Camacho Rosales, an official of Dreamscape Entertainment, the outfit behind the series, regarding what they said as the ‘unfair depiction of PNP personnel in the teleserye, the PNP Chief included, thus putting the police force and its leaders in bad light.

Among the issues and concerns raised by the PNP were several scenes in ‘Ang Probinsiyano’ including one showing a high-ranking officer telling a subordinate that he can get a position ‘sa tamang halaga’ or through bribery. Officials said that the scene is an ‘insult not only to the PNP but also to the appointing authority, the President of the Republic since senior officers in the PNP are being appointed based on merits.

Another concern is the presence of the ‘Vendetta,’ the rebel group led by lead actor Coco Martin. The PNP said that the ‘Vendetta’ in the teleserye is depicted as defenders of the seat of government although it is contrary to real truth and in some ways sends viewers specifically the youth a distorted message.

Officials said that there was a scene in ‘Ang Probinsiyano’ wherein the ‘Vendetta’ members easily killed a group of policemen and Presidential Security Group personnel who were being portrayed as ‘villains’ in the story as they were involved in a plot to kill the president.

There is also the PNP’s concern over the ‘shabby’ wearing of police uniforms by many of the cast including the one who portrays the PNP chief as well as the series’ credit acknowledgement which gives the public the impression that the PNP is closely supervising the shooting of the ‘Ang Probinsiyano’ scenes when no real consultations between the police organization and the teleserye men have been taking place over the past months.