DILG restores support for 'Ang Probinsyano' after talks with ABS-CBN

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ABS-CBN TV series "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano," with Coco Martin as leading man, drew the ire of the Philippine National Police over its portrayal of local cops.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 22) — A government agency has restored its support for a local TV series which drew the ire of the Philippine National Police (PNP) over its portrayal of policemen.

In a joint statement, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and ABS-CBN said they met Wednesday in the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City to resolve issues hounding the program "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano."

"It was a fruitful dialogue wherein both parties were thankful for the chance to express their views directly to each other," the statement read.

Just a week earlier, the DILG had considered filing legal action against the show and its showrunners if they do not change its plot any time soon. The PNP earlier complained over the depiction of local police.

After the meeting, the DILG said it will continue to support the show as it inspires Filipinos.

"The PNP stated the importance of the support and respect of the people to its organization while recognizing ABS-CBN's freedom to create and convey the story of the program," the statement read.

The agency previously raised concern over the use of PNP insignias and uniforms which demoralizes their personnel. DILG Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya had said the series may have violated Article 179 of the Revised Penal Code on the improper use of insignias, uniforms or dress of an office of which a person is not a member of.

Recent episodes of "Ang Probinsyano" showed the newly-appointed police chief in cahoots with the vice president who succeeded president after they had him assassinated.

The show was previously praised by former PNP Chief Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa and former DILG Secretary Mike Sueno.