MANILA -- (UPDATE) Actor Coco Martin was in Camp Crame Monday for a dialogue with top police officials, after producers of his top-rating cop drama reached an understanding with the Philippine National Police leadership.
Martin, accompanied by ABS-CBN COO for Broadcast Cory Vidanes, attended flag raising rites at police general headquarters. He shook hands with Director General Oscar Albayalde, the PNP Chief.
In an agreement signed after the dialogue, the PNP allowed "Ang Probinsyano" to use their uniform, vehicles, and facilities on the condition that the show would not smear the police's image.
Albayalde earlier described as "unfair" the portrayal of a corrupt national police chief in "Ang Probinsyano," where Martin plays good cop Ricardo Dalisay.
The Department of Interior and Local Government, which has jurisdiction over the PNP, dropped plans to sue the makers of "Ang Probinsyano" after a meeting with ABS-CBN executives.
In the meeting, the PNP cited the importance of respect for its men while recognizing the show's creative freedom. Producers said Martin's character would continue to be a good policeman.
"Ang Probinsyano" is "purely fictitious," ABS-CBN said earlier, adding it had no intentions of smearing the PNP's reputation.--report from Raffy Santos and Zhander Cayabyab, ABS-CBN News