The PNP leadership and the executives of the network signed a memorandum of understanding, days after the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the ABS-CBN held a dialogue.
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PNP, ABS-CBN execs reconcile differences on ‘Ang Probinsyano’
Gaea Katreena Cabico (Philstar.com) - November 26, 2018 - 12:09pm

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police and the executives of ABS-CBN reached an understanding Monday to iron out their differences over the primetime series “Ang Probinsyano.”

The PNP leadership and the executives of the network signed a memorandum of understanding, days after the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the ABS-CBN held a dialogue.

The PNP allowed “Ang Probinsyano” to use its uniforms, patrol cars and facilities under strict supervision for a more “realistic” portrayal of the police force.

At a press briefing, PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde clarified that the MOU on “Ang Probinsyano” does not mean the show will only portray the organization positively.

“Hindi naman natin sinabi na ilabas puro… basta what’s the reality for the story to be realistic. Not necessarily palaging favor sa PNP kasi di naman natin pwedeng sabihin na perfect organization,” Albayalde said, adding the PNP leadership will not have a say in the plot.

Albayalde earlier cried foul over the supposedly negative portrayal of policemen in the show that has been running for more than three years now. He also slammed the portrayal of the PNP chief, saying it is “far from reality.”

DILG chief Eduardo Año had also mulled filing legal action against the show’s producers if the storyline is not changed. The agency dropped its plan to sue the makers of the show after a meeting with ABS-CBN executives last week.

The TV network earlier defended its “fictional” program, stressing that the show is not meant to put the PNP in bad light.

“Ang Probinsyano” features a fictional PNP chief and a similarly fictional vice president who are working together in illegal activities. The protagonist cop, played by actor Coco Martin, meanwhile, joined a rebel group called “Vendetta.”

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