MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said it will allow its police officers to participate in the shooting of scenes in the action drama series “Ang Probinsyano”.
“We agreed to their request to use real cops to make police operation scenes more realistic provided that their participation won’t affect their work and affect the performance of their duties,” PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said in a press briefing after the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the PNP and broadcast network ABS-CBN.
Albayalde added that they will also send police officers to serve as advisers and consultants to ensure that the portrayal of the police force in the show will be realistic.
The signing came a week after a meeting between officials of the PNP, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the network to address the concerns of the government agencies about the series.
Albayalde, however, clarified that they do not want to interfere with the plot of the series.
“Basically, we did not ask for any assurance kasi ayaw naman nating totally baguhin yung kanilang script kung talagang ganun (we don’t want to revise the plot totally). With the understanding that we had, basically, magbabago yun (there will be some minor revisions) and we also pledged our full support to them, if they will really portray the true story about the PNP. Actually the national headquarters are open for them if they need to use the facilities if only, para mapalabas kung ano talaga yung totoong nangyayari (to show what is really happening),” Albayalde explained.
“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,” he added.
Also present during the signing of MOU was actor Coco Martin, who plays the lead role in the series as Ricardo “Cardo” Dalisay. (PNA) By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan