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Philippine drama mirroring Duterte drug war forced to change plot

Pressure on non-news media raises fears of Marcos-era censorship

A family in Manila sit around the TV to watch Ang Probinsiyano. (Photo by Jilson Tiu)

MANILA -- A TV drama's depiction of President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has picked up millions of fans, but the Philippine police chief is not amused at how his cops are being portrayed.

"Ang Probinsiyano," or "The Man from the Province," has a plot line that shows the lead character, handsome policeman Cardo Dalisay, joining a vigilante group to fight corrupt cops and politicians involved in the illegal drug trade.

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