PNP warns 'Ang Probinsyano' of withdrawal of support over rape scene

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 16) — The Philippine National Police will review its agreement with TV network ABS-CBN after its primetime show "Ang Probinsyano" portrayed a uniformed policewoman being raped by members of a criminal syndicate.

PNP on Tuesday said it is acting on the concerns of its own police officers and netizens, who flagged the graphic scene. In the scene that aired on Monday, a policewoman in uniform was pinned down by two gang members before she was sexually abused by the other members in their lair. She was then rescued by the police, led by the character of Coco Martin.

PNP Deputy Spokesperson PLTCOL Kimberly Molitas said they will review their agreement with ABS-CBN executives. In the memorandum of understanding, the PNP restored its support for the show by allowing them to use police uniforms, but with police supervision. The police official said they may revoke the agreement.

"We will talk to the Production Staff of ABS CBN and look at possible violation of our existing Memorandum of Understanding. Depending on the extent of the violation we may warn them or rescind the said MOU," Molitas said in a statement.

This was not the first time "Ang Probinsyano" is in hot water with the law enforcers. In 2018, PNP cried foul over the teleserye's portrayal of local cops. "Ang Probinsyano" was threatened with possible charges if the show does not change its plot.