MANILA - The Department of the Interior and Local Government said it will now support the ABS-CBN primetime series "Ang Probinsyano," a show it earlier considered suing, after a "fruitful dialogue" with program's creators.
The DILG earlier said it was seriously considering filing charges against the producers of the hit television series if they continue "with their grossly unfair and inaccurate portrayal of our police force."
But in a joint statement Thursday, a day after their meeting with the show-runners at Camp Crame, ABS-CBN and the DILG said both parties were able to resolve the issue and "express their views directly to each other" during the dialogue.
"The DILG, including its attached agency the Philippine National Police, will continue to support 'FPJ's Ang Probinsyano' as it continues to inspire Filipinos with the valuable lesson that in the end, good will always triumph over evil," the statement read.
The statement said the PNP cited the importance of respect of its men while recognizing the program's freedom to create and convey its story, while ABS-CBN assured that Coco Martin will continue to portray Cardo Dalisay as a good police officer.
DILG Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya earlier said the one-hour meeting was just about the two parties explaining their views to each other, and there was no mention of any changes to the plot of the primetime TV series.
"Walang sinabi ang ABS-CBN na, 'Sige, babaguhin namin ang kuwento.' Ipinaliwanag lang ng side ng DILG at PNP 'yong concern namin, at pinaliwanag din naman nila na wala silang intensiyong dungisan ang imahe ng kapulisan," he said.
PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde earlier called out "Ang Probinsyano" for supposedly being "unfair" in its portrayal of the police force by putting fictional vigilantes and a fictional corrupt PNP chief in its story.
ABS-CBN already assured the PNP that elements of the series are "purely fictitious as stated in the disclaimer aired at the start of the show every night," and that there is no intention to smear the reputation of any organization or person with its plot.
Producers of "Ang Probinsyano" is still scheduled to meet with the PNP chief.--report from Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News