Shooting the Messenger: “Ang Probinsyano”

Shooting the Messenger: “Ang Probinsyano”
PHOTO FILE FROM THEPHILBIZNEWS

It is interesting to note that amidst the billions of drugs that have been slipped into the country, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde instead of training his gun to these drugs that are now missing and out in the market for selling, would rather shoot the messenger by being so touchy with “Ang Probinsyano” TV series saying that the TV series has been portraying the cops as bad.

Obviously, the Chief of Philippine National Police has not really seen the TV series nor studied the plot very well because in the TV series while Cardo Dalisay was relentlessly fighting corruption and abuses in the story, the focal point of the “Ang Probinsyano” is not to paint the police as bad people, but rather challenging what could be happening in any institutions.

To begin with the story is fictional, and by fictional just like in any other disclaimers being posted after the movie credit it is clearly stated this kind of statement:

“THE EVENTS, CHARACTERS and FIRMS DEPICTED HERE IN THE SHOW/MOVIE ARE FICTITIOUS. ANY SIMILARITY TO ACTUAL PERSONS, LIVING OR DEAD, OR TO ACTUAL FIRMS, AND INCIDENTS IS PURELY COINCIDENTAL.”

If in some way the Philippine National Police feels that they are being alluded to, it is not the problem of the TV show, as the saying goes, “No one is hurt without his or her consent.”

The plan of the Department of Interior and Local Government to sue “Ang Probinsyano” if plot is not changed is not only preposterous but it also sends a chilling effect to other TV or show producers. It is a GESTAPO like mentality and has no place in the civil society unless the Chief of Police has a plan to be a neo-Nazi in the Philippines. But the PNP Chief ought to realize that despite there were some buyers in the Nazi mentality, there was also an Operation Valkyrie that went on to thwart the abuses of the Nazis.

Perhaps, the Chief PNP has to undergo a seminar from the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) in order for him to understand the different classifications of the show. This also applies to the DILG Secretary and their legal team.

Threatening with legal cases against the producer or TV network if the TV series doesn’t make the cops look good is infuriating. It is an intimidation that is totally reckless, irresponsible and unnecessary. If they want this fiction to change their plot and paint the cops as good, that would not be a fiction but a fantasy.

The Filipino people’s therapy is entertainment and soap opera shows. Let us not deprive them. If the Chief of Police and the DILG Secretary are greatly affected by this, perhaps it is time for them to do some introspection by asking themselves, why am I so affected by this? Does the TV series really attacks the institution of the Philippine National Police, or is it just a pigment of their imagination. Time for both PNP and DILG to stop being trivial by doing their job and start busting the big time drug pushers and some of them was even identified by President Rodrigo Duterte as their neighbors in Davao City. But what keep? Go and capture the big fishes involved in drugs and not the fingerlings.

Lastly, it is also time for both Chief PNP General Oscar Albayalde and DILG Secretary Eduardo Año to ponder on what the great Philosopher Socrates said and we quote, “The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.”

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