Gretchen Fullido sexual harassment case goes to court

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The sexual harassment case filed by ABS-CBN entertainment reporter Gretchen Fullido against her superiors has been brought to the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court (MeTC).

Former TV Patrol supervising producer Cheryl Favila and segment producer Maricar Asprec were charged with violation of Republic Act 7877, or the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act.

This was after the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office found probable cause to indict the two, who are domestic partners.

Investigating Assistant City Prosecutor Rosalinda Sajot said Favila, as ecosystem head of the network’s integrated news department during the incidents from 2015 to 2017, abused her authority and ascendancy by requesting sexual favors from Fullido.

Sajot said Favila’s text messages contained “double meaning as they contain sexual undertones.”

“The messages sent by Favila to Fullido contain flirtatious playful text messages. Her flirtatious dealings with Fullido were inappropriate as she was the latter’s supervisor, compromising their professional relationship,” read the resolution.

The prosecutor also alleged that Asprec “conspired with Favila” in committing the alleged sexual harassment acts.

He said the two created a “hostile working environment” to Fullido’s damage and prejudice, after she spurned their advances.

Sajot also did not find probable cause to indict Fullido on countercharges of libel and perjury.

It may be noted that in internal proceedings, the management of ABS-CBN dismissed Fullido’s complaint against Favila and Asprec, who claimed the reporter twisted their messages to distract from her professional shortcomings.

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