In the midst of disorder, disparities, and difficulties, we wish that life would be like the superhero and action movies and series that we devotedly watch – that there is somebody or a group of people who’s going to courageously emerge out of nowhere to stand up and fight for us against the domineering rascals.
And almost three years ago, this yearning finally came true when the fearless Ricardo Dalisay (Coco Martin) was introduced to us as the incorruptible protagonist in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, alongside his morally upright family and friends, who showed us the real meaning of nationalism—with love for country being equated with putting your countrymen’s interests and welfare first before yours.
Since its inception, the action-drama series has covered various relevant political and national issues which we can totally relate with and showed that there will always be a glimmer of hope as long as there are people who are selfless and humane.
The strong-willed crime investigator brought his idealism on the streets when he got suspended for 15 days and reassigned to the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) after he hit the officer who gunned down a surrendering suspect.
On his first day on his new duty, the tough cop had already dealt with unscrupulous practices on the road and encouraged his colleagues to give up their crooked ways such as “kotong” or extortion.
From being the one who puts criminals to prison, the former police officer had been incarcerated due to a crime he was framed up in by his fellow Police Chief Inspector Joaquin Tuazon (Arjo Atayde) and his father Tomas (Albert Martinez). But he didn’t let his new plight bar him from undertaking his sworn duty to uphold peace and order, as he championed unity, discipline, integrity, and rapport inside the penitentiary starting in the cell he belonged in.
Travelling around the metro, especially at night, is certainly a risk considering the possible dangers that we might encounter along the way. Fortunately, there’s a ‘tsuperhero’ who was always ready to protect his defenseless passengers against the evil muggers. Cardo singlehandedly chased and fought them in order to retrieve the belongings they grabbed and teach them a lesson they would terribly not forget!
Our incredible idol proves that you need not have a position in the government nor in any institution in order to serve your fellowmen. Instead of forwarding to the authorities the juvenile delinquent he caught stealing a side mirror, he asked him the reason why he did it and invited him to have a hearty dinner.
Since being a public servant is innate to him, Cardo didn’t not think twice to rescue an old woman vendor and her child he spotted being incessantly beaten by a policeman during an anti-piracy raid. He immediately alighted from his jeepney and unhesistantly received the hits. He argued that although what the woman did was unlawful, it’s still illogical for him to violate their human rights.
Albeit taking away the bomb would be perilous to him, Cardo still opted to sacrifice his life just to spare the pupils, teachers, and parents at Mak-Mak (Awra Briguela) and Paquito’s (James Sagarino) school from a fatal disaster.
Since the teachers are in-charge of watching over the elections, presidential aspirant National Defense Agency Director Renato Hipolito (John Arcilla) commanded his henchmen, led by Joaquin (Ali Khatibi), to kidnap some of the teachers and threatened their lives so as to ensure his victory.
Fortunately, Vendetta came right in time to rescue them. Before departing, Cardo reminded them not to tell anyone that they are their saviors.
In its three years on-air, FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano has been the mirror of our society as every character represents a strand of our population. The show serves as a ball of hope as well, that amidst of the negativities present, there are still people who will bravely stand up for the weak and unhesitantly restore our faith in humanity by serving his countrymen selflessly and unconditionally.
May we imbibe and brandish Ricardo Dalisay and the other character’s relentless love for our beloved nation not only during Independence Day, but every chance that we get.
Happy 120 years of freedom and patriotism, Pilipinas!