Mayor Alejandrino to file libel case vs ABS-CBN over portrayal of Arayat in ‘Ang Probinsyano’
Arayat Mayor Emmanuel Alejandrino on Tuesday (July 18) said the municipal government is planning to file libel charges against ABS-CBN for portraying the town as a haven for terrorists in its hit primetime series “Ang Probinsiyano.”
The Pampanga politiko said “Ang Probinsiyano” has caused “irreparable damage” to the municipality’s image and its tourism industry.
In the show’s latest story arc, Coco Martin’s character is fighting a terrorist group based in Mount Arayat.
Alejandrino said “Ang Probinsyano” has smeared Arayat’s reputation as a wholesome and peaceful town.
“Pinapakita nila na kuta kami ng mga terorista, ang Mt. Arayat kuta ng mga terorista. Hindi lang dito sa Pilipinas, pati sa ibang bansa pinapalabas ang ‘Ang Probinsyano’ kaya ‘yung mga kababayan namin tumatawag sa amin,” Alejandrino said.
He also said the supposed negative portrayal has affected local tourism, particularly the Mount Arayat National Park.
“Ang national park matagal namin dinevelop para mapakinabangan ng local government tapos masisira lang ng isang palabas,” he said.
Alejandrino also slammed former Pampanga governors Lito Lapid and Mark Lapid for taking on the roles of fictional guerilla group leader and member respectively in the TV show.
“Wala silang malasakit sa bayan namin at sa buong Pampanga. Sana sila mismo kinontra nila dahil dati silang nanungkulan dito at dapat alam nila ang totoong sitwasyon dito at kung ano ang magiging epekto ng palabas sa bayan namin,” Alejandrino said.
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