After ‘peace talks’ with ABS-CBN camp, Albayalde expects PNP-friendly ‘Ang Probinsyano’
THE Philippine National Police leadership and officials of giant ABS-CBN network set aside their differences in an amicable meeting at the PNP national headquarters in Camp Crame.
PNP chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde and top ABS-CBN officials signed a memorandum of agreement ending the rift between the two camps amid a complaint by the PNP that they are being wrongly portrayed in the three-year-old television series.
Albayalde, along with PNP Director for Police-Community Relations Director Eduardo Serapio M. Garado, signed the agreement with Socorro Vidanes and Roldeo Endrinal, unit head and head, respectively, of Dreamscape representing ABS-CBN Corporation.
Witness to the signing was Movie and Television Review and Classification Board chairperson Ma. Rachel Arenas.
“Until the succeeding season of Ang Probinsyano, we hope to put all the animosity and clashing opinions behind us, and introduce to our countrymen the true-to-life Filipino police officers imbued with the finest tradition of valor, service and sacrifice for God, country and people,” Albayalde said after the signing, a day after brave Senior Inspector Manuel Junior Taytayon of the Pasay City Police Station was killed in a firefight with a man who bolted the Pasay City Jail where he was jailed for killing a Grab driver in October 2017.
The ABS-CBN executives along with “Ang Probinsyano” lead actor Coco Martin attended the flag-raising rites at the PNP national headquarters in Camp Crame and immediately left after the agreement was signed.
Albayalde said they agreed to resume the PNP’s assistance to the production of the series such as providing technical and logistical support.
However, Albayalde stressed that they did not ask for any assurance from ABS-CBN to change the script of the series.
“They fully understood our sentiments and we expect probable changes in the coming days,” he said.
The PNP chief said the return of support to “Ang Probinsiyano” means they will be providing the series available marked vehicles and real policemen as “extras” if needed.
Police supervisors will also be present at the shooting of the series to ensure that the cast are properly wearing police uniforms and act and talk as real policemen.
“We can’t say that the PNP is a perfect organization, nagkakamali din kami but parang consultative meeting ang dating nito. No problem ‘pag me cinematic effect,” he said.
Meanwhile, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said: “All’s well that ends well.”
“I’m glad that both PNP and ABS-CBN have finalized the win-win solution for ‘Ang Probinsyano.’ It is the best way to achieve a lasting solution beneficial for the show, the police force, and the viewing public,” Año said.
“Without giving us details on the plot, ABS- CBN's commitment to give a balanced and fair portrayal of the PNP shall help boost the morale of the thousands of police officers on the ground especially now that internal reforms have been instituted to weed out misfits in the police organization.”
A series of meeting was conducted last week that resulted in a positive note.
With Joel dela Torre