We’ve all heard about the news of NTC’s cease and desist order against ABS-CBN which forced the network to stop broadcasting on television and radio. A lot of netizens expressed their sadness and anger regarding the issue, with multiple hashtags regarding the news taking over Twitter’s trending lists. The implications of ABS-CBN’s shutdown are many, one of them being the abrupt end to the longest-running teleserye in the Philippines.
FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano has been airing since 2015. The action drama has seen a lot of changes, from characters to plots. The drama aired its “last” episode in March because production had to stop due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine. While the internet has long been joking about how long the drama has been airing, ABS-CBN’s shutdown means that the show might not get the ending it deserves. Here are some of the internet’s most notable reactions to the end of Ang Probinsyano.
2020, why you be like that?
2020 really did finish Ang Probinsyano like that
— blue (@___cupkate___) May 5, 2020
Since 2015, the teleserye has capture the imaginations of millions of viewers every night. But now that it’s all over, Cadro Dalisay couldn’t even say goodbye to viewers properly. Will Cardo return? Only time can tell.
Thanos, is that you?
Ang Probinsyano dissapeared in just one snap
— 🐺 #DefendPressFreedom (@NHLondoo) May 5, 2020
Just like that the characters we all love and have kept us entertained whether at home or during our commute is gone. You must admit that even though you haven’t followed the story from the start, you’ll miss catching it on the commute.
The show had substance
reminder that Ang Probinsyano wasn’t originally PNP propaganda it tackled lots of relevant issues, they even did a storyline on EJKs and that got the PNP’s attention, they pressured execs to sign a memorandum with them so they won’t push for “legal action” https://t.co/pPGhhxjSIL
— millennial of manila (@MillennialOfMNL) May 6, 2020
The show tackled different problems in our society, including EJK and police corruption. Though it may have been over-the-top (what teleserye isn’t?), it opened the eyes of millions of Filipinos to the harsh reality of what’s been happening in our country.
It has become part of Filipino’s lives
Imagine waking up w/o Umagang Kay Ganda. Eating breakfast with no Magandang Buhay. Having lunch not enjoying It’s Showtime. Spending the afternoon without our fav teleseryes. Most importantly, spending the night not seeing Ang Probinsyano. Gone are these days#NoToABSCBNShutDown
— c h r i s t i a n (@loichristiand) May 5, 2020
Ang Probinsyano has viewers of all ages tuning in every night, from kids who dreamed of becoming a police officer like Cardo to senior citizens who relish in the excitement of the action-packed drama. Unfortunately, these viewers will lose a huge part of their routine with the loss of the show.
Fans couldn’t even say goodbye
Some of these fans have watched this drama since it first aired, hoping that Cardo would finally have a peaceful life.
At least The Probinsyano is on Netflix
For those who will miss Cardo Dalisay, past episodes of the drama are available on Netflix. We can relive the story of this drama while waiting for the day that the show will finally have a proper ending.
Cardo Has Spoken
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Tutal wala naman kasiguraduhan kung buhay pa ako pagkatapos ng pandemic na ito. Tama lang na masabi ko ang mga saloobin ko. Sa mga taong pilit nagsulong sa pagpapasara sa ABS-CBN, sana ay panatag na panatag na ang kalooban niyo. Sana nagdala ito ng lubos na kaligayahan sa mga puso ninyo. Mahirap magsawalang-kibo sa mga taong katulad ninyo na patuloy na nang-aabuso. Wala kayong mga konsensiya, naatim niyong pagkaitan ng hanapbuhay at pabayaang magutom ang ilang libong mga pamilya! Lalo lang lulubog sa kahirapan ang mga Pilipino! Ito ba ang serbisyo niyo sa bayan? Hindi ako mangingiming sabihin ang totoong nararandaman ko ngayon. Sa mga taong tulad niyo na hindi karapat-dapat pakitaan ng diplomasya at pagkamalumanay. Ang dapat sa inyo usapang sanggano at walang-hiyaan! Galing ako sa hirap at jologs ang pagkatao ko, kaya wala akong pakialam ngayon kung anong sasabihin ng ibang tao. Hindi man ako kasing talino ng iba, alam ko at malinaw sa akin na MALI at KAWALANG KATARUNGAN ang tanggalan ng hanapbuhay ang ilang libong empleyado ng isang kumpanyang naglilingkod sa sambayanang Pilipino ng ilang dekada! Maraming maraming salamat Solicitor General Joe Calida at sa bumubuo ng National Telecommunications Commission sa kontribusyon niyo sa ating bayan! TINATARANTADO NINYO ANG MGA PILIPINO!!!
Coco Martin, who plays the drama’s lead Cardo, expressed his anger with NTC’s order for ABS-CBN’s shutdown. The actor posted a lengthy message on his Instagram that didn’t hold back.
Goodbye Ang Probinsyano
In loving memory of Ang Probinsyano Thanks for the memories. Thanks for the 5 years
Date of birth: 28 September 2015
Death: 13 March 2020 (last episode) pic.twitter.com/egWdepgj9g
— 馬克 daph⁰² (@nanabaekhyunie) May 5, 2020
For five years and seven seasons, Ang Probinsyano has been a mainstay in Filipinos’ lives. You truly don’t miss something until it’s gone, eh?
Will you miss watching Ang Probinsyano? Tell us your favorite moments from the drama!