“Pasensiya na po!,” was the “Ang Probinsyano” lead’s short but telling statement about the issue.
Earlier this week, Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde revealed that he finds it “very disturbing” how fictional television series “Ang Probinsyano” allegedly tries to paint the local police force in a bad light. "Hindi naman fair sa PNP 'yung mga ganyang portrayal. Parang 'yung the chief PNP himself is a villain. Hindi naman po siguro kailanman nangyari sa amin. In reality, well, hindi puwedeng mangyari iyan. We are a nation of laws, not of men,” reassured the current chief in a brief statement.
While the ABS-CBN as a network has already addressed the concerns, many were looking out for a reaction from Coco Martin, who play the show’s main character Cardo Dalisay. On Thursday, such reaction finally came, and it sure didn’t leave fans and viewers disappointed from all the waiting.
“Ang mga pangalan, karakter, at mga insidente sa programang ito ay kathang-isip lamang at hind inagpapakita ng mga totoong tao, organisasyon, lugar o kaganapan. Anumang pagkakahalintulad sa totoong buhay ay ‘di sinasadya,” emphasized the actor with a screenshot of the disclaimer flashed on the show every night. “Pasensiya na po!,” on the other hand, was what he had to write in the caption.
Meanwhile, the daughter of Fernando Poe Jr. and Susan Roces, Senator Grace Poe, likewise came to their defense.
"We are grateful because the series not only honors his (FPJ's) legacy in the industry, but also offers to the Filipino televiewers quality entertainment that espouses the values of family, respect for elders, courage and patriotism. It is fictional, of course, and carved out of the creative minds of the people behind the production. The story emanates from the source material, with bits of twists. There are antagonists in the story, which did not only include the police, but many others.
"Pwede nating sabihin na 'bato-bato sa langit, tamaan ay wag magalit.' But let’s look at the bigger picture of the entire plot. And that is, despite the wrongdoings happening around us, there are cops like Cardo, and his team, who will always fight for what is right and just. Let’s not overlook the redeeming value this has to offer. In the end, the menace will be subdued by what is true and good.
"How the people view the police is based on the actions of the real police they see on the streets, and not on the acting of fictional cops they watch on screen,” reads her official statement sent to ABS-CBN reporter Mario Dumaual.