#MeToo: Gretchen Fullido files sexual harrasment raps vs. female ABS-CBN execs
Showbiz reporter and anchor Gretchen Fullido has filed criminal cases against executives and a reporter of ABS-CBN over the sexual harassment she allegedly suffered for years.
Fullido’s abogado, Marvin Aceron, issued a statement Friday (October 5) saying that the Kapamilya news personality filed a sexual harassment case against former news executive Cheryl Favila and segment producer Maricar Asprec before the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office.
The case stemmed from the text messages Fullido claimed were sent to her by Favila and Asprec, which were supposedly loaded with sexual innuendos and amounted to requests for sexual favors.
Aceron said the two women made Fullido’s work for TV Patrol difficult after she turned their alleged advances down.
“It was a cycle that was going on for almost three years,” he said.
Fullido filed a sexual harassment case against Favila with the network but it was dismissed last July. However, the news executive was found guilt of gross misconduct, which led to her recent dismissal.
Aside from the sexual harassment cases, Fullido also filed libel complaints against ABS-CBN news executives Ces Drilon and Venancio Borromeo, as well as reporter Marie Lozano.
Fullido accused the three of ruining her reputation when they alleged that she filed the sexual harassment complaint against Favila and Asprec with the ABS-CBN management “to leverage her employment status” with the network.
The showbiz reporter said Drilon also resorted to victim shaming by insinuating that she deserved to be harassed since she was willing to wear a bikini for TV Patrol.
In a statement, the TV network said it respected the right of Fullido to bring her sexual harassment complaint to the courts.
“Now that she has filed charges with the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office, we expect all parties to allow the legal process to take its course,” it said.
“ABS-CBN takes sexual harassment seriously and does not condone such acts in the workplace or by its employees. When Ms. Fullido filed an administrative case against a supervising producer and a segment producer for alleged sexual harassment in November 2017, the company took prompt action on the administrative complaint and decided based on the evidence presented,” it added.