PNP chief 'Bato' meets Coco, praises 'Ang Probinsyano'

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Posted at Jul 21 2016 07:15 PM | Updated as of Jul 21 2016 07:26 PM

PNP chief 'Bato' meets Coco, praises 'Ang Probinsyano' 1
PNP chief Ronald 'Bato' Dela Rosa poses for a picture with 'Ang Probinsyano' star Coco Martin. MJ Felipe, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - It was bound to happen.

Coco Martin, the star of "Ang Probinsyano," met with Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa Wednesday to discuss the positive effects of the series in helping the country's police force regain the trust of Filipinos.

"Maganda ang ginagawa niyo sa 'Ang Probinsyano.' Bumabalik ang kumpiyansa ng mga tao sa mga pulis," Dela Rosa told Martin and the creators of the hit series, which is about an honest cop striving to do the best in his job, as they sat down for a meeting inside his office at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

Dela Rosa also told Martin to try and keep the show on-air for as long as they can. "Sana tuloy-tuloy na iyan," the PNP chief said.

Since the series' debut back in September 2015, "Ang Probinsyano" has tackled a range of topics such as the illegal drug trade, prostitution rings, police corruption, child abductions, and most recently, high-profile assassinations.

In an interview with reporters after the meeting, Martin admitted that he was "starstruck" by Dela Rosa. "Nakakatuwa na napaka-down-to-earth niya at napaka-simple," he said.

"Nagpasalamat din po ako sa suporta na binibigay sa amin ng PNP, sa tulong na ipinagkakaloob nila sa amin. Nagpapasalamat din sila na dahil sa soap opera na ginagawa namin eh naibabalik ang tiwala at pagmamahal ng mga tao sa pulis," Martin added.

Asked about his thoughts on the continued support from Filipinos, Martin replied: "Honestly, napakasarap po sa pakiramdam namin. Talaga pong pinaghihirapan namin ang aming trabaho."

"And bukod pa doon, para po sa amin, masarap sa pakiramdam na nakakatulong po kami sa ating gobyerno, sambayanan para masugpo ang mga kriminalidad dito sa Pilipinas."

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