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…”
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – Producers of the long-running teleserye, “Ang Probinsyano” remain undaunted despite a directive from the Philippine National Police (PNP) that henceforth, government vehicles, paraphernalia and personnel will no longer be used in the television show.
The directive was a result of allegations that the PNP was being portrayed in a negative light in the teleserye.
The Adobo Chronicles learned that the first two police patrol cars ordered from China by the teleserye’s producers arrived yesterday. Expected to arrive from abroad soon are other law enforcement paraphernalia such as handcuffs, guns, batons, searchlights, megaphones and an attack helicopter.
ABS-CBN says that it will not adhere to the Department of Interior and Local Governments (DILG) demand for “Ang Probinsyano” writers to change the plot of the teleserye.
We could not independently confirm the rumor that the teleserye will be renamed “Ang Foreignsyano or that lead actor Coco Martin will be replaced by an actor from China or South Korea.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – All units, offices, and personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) have been advised to immediately refrain from assisting with, and supporting the production of the long-running ABS-CBN teleserye, “Ang Probinsyano.” The order all but prohibits the use of PNP resources like patrol cars, firearms, personnel, venues and other items and gadgets being used in the television show.
The PNP directive came after allegations that the teleserye has been depicting Philippine police in a negative light.
Concerned that the continued production of “Ang Probinsyano” will be severely impaired, producers at ABS-CBN have issued an urgent appeal to foreign countries like China, Japan and South Korea to help provide the cars, firearms, helicopters and all other paraphernalia needed in the TV show.
”We make this appeal in the spirit of regional cooperation and as a showcase of the friendly relations between the Philippines and our neighbor countries in Asia,” a spokesperson for the teleserye told The Adobo Chronicles.
As of presstime, none of the countries have resplied to the request.
Will “Ang Probinsyano” be retitled “Ang Foreignsyano?”