“FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” star Coco Martin revealed why Pepe Herrera a.k.a. “Benny” had to leave the show during an interview at the sidelines of "The Super Parental Guardians" Victory Party yesterday, January 10.
"Honestly, si Pepe kasi aalis siya papuntang New Zealand kasama iyong mommy niya. And then iyon, nagpaalam nga siya sa amin na kung pupuwede sana eh i-exit na siya from the show," shared Coco.
“Benny” was killed on the show by sacrificing himself to save Coco’s Cardo from gunshots, in the episode aired last Monday, January 9.
"Ang hiniling ko sa kanya noon, sabi ko 'Benny, bigyan mo lang ako ng pagkakataon. Hindi ko lang maibibigay sa iyo ngayong December pero sabi ko sa second week of January ay gagawan ko ng magandang kuwento iyong exit mo, gawin nating maayos,’” he added.
Coco explained that he didn’t want Pepe to just suddenly leave the show and said that he wanted the “best” ending for Benny.
"Ayaw ko naman na bigla ka na mawawala doon sa show... Maganda naman iyong naging reaksyon ng mga tao. Siyempre nakakalungkot dahil napakalaking parte niya ng 'Ang Probinsyano' pero na-deserve niya talaga iyong pinaka-best (na ending) dahil nakapagaling niyang artista at napakasarap niyang katrabaho,” said Coco.
They have surely developed a friendship and as shared by Pepe in his interview on “Magandang Buhay” today, January 11, they had a nice moment on the set when the day for them to tape his ending scene came.
“It was a very professional atmosphere... kasi may mga kailangan po kaming tapusin na eksena within a certain period of time. Si Chief, si Coco, Malambing naman po talaga siya eh naturally, kaya 'yon sinasabi niya 'mami-miss ka namin.' Siyempre 'I miss you too,’” said Pepe.
“FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” airs weeknights on ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida right after “TV Patrol.”
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