MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The long-running ABS-CBN teleserye “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” will continue running, thanks to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the television network and the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Earlier, PNP issued a directive withdrawing support for the teleserye — from loaning patrol cars, paraphernalia and personnel; while DILG threatened to sue the production, both because of the negative portrayal of the police in many of the show’s episodes.
But all’s well that ends well.
As part of the MOU, PNP logistical support for the show will resume.
For ABS-CBN’s part of the agreement, it was revealed that PNP Chief Oscar Albayade and DILG Secretary Eduardo Año — former Army Chief — will play cameo roles in the show at least once a week. They will portray themselves.
Because of the participation of Año and Albayade, the teleserye’s disclaimer will now read: “Ang mga pangalan, karakter, at mga insidente sa programang ito ay BAHAGYANG kathang-isip lamang…”