MANILA -- Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares stressed that ABS-CBN's long-running primetime series "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" is fictional, a modern-day retelling of the 1997 film of her father, the late Fernando Poe Jr.
The senator shared her thoughts about the Coco Martin-starrer after Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde raised concerns over the negative portrayal of cops in the series, which has been running on primetime for three years already.
In a statement sent to ABS-CBN News' Mario Dumaual, Poe-Llamanzares pointed out that "Ang Probinsyano" promotes positive values like respect for elders, courage and patriotism.
"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," the statement read.
"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."
In a statement released on November 14, ABS-CBN Integrated Corporate Communications head Kane Errol Choa also said "that the characters, places, and incidents in the program are purely fictitious as stated in the disclaimer aired at the start of the show every night."
"There is no intention to smear the reputation of any organization or portray any person in a negative light."