MANILA — Despite Cardo’s apparent death in the July 16 episode of “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” fans are not convinced it will be the last they’ll see of Coco Martin in the top-rating series, with some speculating, in jest, that a third brother will surface to continue the mission.
Such was the flood of sentiments on social media, in reaction to Cardo apparently getting stabbed thrice and shot five times by his latest nemesis, Bungo (Baron Geisler).
To the uninitiated, the original premise of “Ang Probinsyano” — and the Fernando Poe, Jr. movie it was based on — is the titular character’s quest for justice for his twin’s death. Cardo, the “probinsyano,” agrees to take the place of his brother Ador in the police force, in order to continue the late cop’s mission and hunt down the syndicate behind his killing.
Cardo has had several near-deaths over the four-year broadcast of “Ang Probinsyano,” only to survive miraculously in a hospital, or with the bloody encounter being revealed, belatedly, to have been a nightmare.
In a fourth wall-breaking line in Tuesday's episode, Bungo told Cardo, before shooting him several times: “Balita ko, may pagkasa pusa ka raw, pero ngayon, sisiguraduhin ko na hindi ka na mabubuhay, Dalisay!”
Even if Bungo did actually kill Cardo, fans joked online, there’s no question “Ang Probinsyano” will go on with Martin as the lead actor — this time as a supposedly long-lost, third Dalisay identical brother.
So went the comments on ABS-CBN News’ Facebook page —
— as well as on Twitter, where “Cardo” became a top trending topic as his “death” scene aired.
Many of the humorous reactions mentioned “evidence” of the triplets together, referring to a TV commercial Martin appeared in in 2018. In that ad, Martin played three different versions of himself, each one representing a milk flavor.
The “triplets” theory appeared to have reached Martin on Wednesday, going by an Instagram post he playfully tagged with “Year 2045,” and “Episode One Million.”
The photo: a glimpse of Martin as an old man (with the help of a face filter app, it seems) — a hint that the No. 1 TV program in the Philippines won't be going away anytime soon.