WATCH: 'Ang Probinsyano' then and now

Rhys Buccat,

Posted at Oct 08 2015 07:28 PM | Updated as of Oct 09 2015 06:00 AM

MANILA -- The TV remake of "Ang Probinsyano" has proven to be a hit among viewers as it consistently topped the list of the country's most-watched TV shows since it made its debut on September 28.

"Ang Probinsyano" is a 1997 film starring Fernando Poe Jr. in the title role, now being played by Coco Martin in the TV version.

(READ: 'Ang Probinsyano': A look into a young cop's life)

According to Martin, the idea of remaking "Ang Probinsyano" into a drama series was formed during a meeting with ABS-CBN president and CEO Charo Santos-Concio, who wanted a project that will highlight the role of policemen in the society.

Martin had only one name in mind when told of the plan -- FPJ.

(READ: Why Coco Martin proposed 'Ang Probinsyano' remake)

But some fans, especially those who saw the original "Ang Probinsyano" movie, could not help but compare the movie and the teleserye, especially when it aired a key scene last October 5.

The particular scene showed Martin's character up against a group of rebels after they refused to return Virgin Mary's golden crown, which they stole from the church.

Watch the videos and compare.

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