DILG mulls suing 'Ang Probinsyano' producers over plot

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The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is considering filing a case against the producers of teleserye "Ang Probinsyano" if the Coco Martin-starrer continues with story that is allegedly a “grossly unfair and inaccurate portrayal of our police force."

DILG Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said Friday in a statement that if they do take legal action, the suit will include the prohibition on the show, the use of police uniforms, properties and even using the acronym of the Philippine National Police (PNP), which is under the DILG.

This comes after Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde expressed his concern over what he deems the negative portrayal of some policemen on “Ang Probinsyano,” calling it “very disturbing.” He raised concern over the show supposedly promoting the idea of “instant justice” as well as representing the PNP chief as the villain.

ABS-CBN has issued a statement on the matter, assuring that “Ang Probinsyano” is "purely fictitious as stated in the disclaimer aired at the start of the show every night." Later, Martin also wrote “pasensya na po” on his Instagram account, along with a reiteration of the disclaimer aired at the start of the show every night.

Malaya added Friday that they are “looking at possible violations of the Childrens Television Act of 1997 because the show may have violated the National Council for Children's Television standards for television programs that should be child-friendly.”