Homophobia daw? ABS-CBN execs use LGBT card to dispute Gretchen Fullido’s sexual harassment raps
The camp of former ABS-CBN news executive Cheryl Favila and news segment producer Maricar Asprec has cried discrimination against LGBTQs (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) after reporter and anchor Gretchen Fullido filed sexual harassment charges against them.
Favila and Asprec’s abogado, Evalyn Ursua, described Fullido’s complaint as “baseless” since even ABS-CBN dismissed it following an internal investigation.
“The story behind Fullido’s baseless charge of sexual harassment is a complicated one, involving personal, professional, and political matters. Her baseless complaint is also a classic example of discrimination against LGBTQ individuals and gender stereotyping against them in matters of sexuality,” she said in a statement Saturday.
In a jab at Fullido, Ursua said complaints of sexual harassment should be filed responsibly.
“[W]hile I am a women’s rights advocate, I have never supported nor will I ever support any abuse of the right to file a sexual harassment complaint based on fabricated stories and out of pure malice,” she said.
In a complaint filed before the Quezon City Prosecutors’ Office, Fullido accused Favila and Asprec of sending her text messages which were allegedly “loaded with sexual innuendos” and “amounted to requests for sexual favors.”
When Fullido rejected the two executives’ advances, her abogado Marvin Aceron said they retaliated and made it difficult for the reporter and anchor to work for TV Patrol, ABS-CBN’s flagship primetime newscast.
“It was a cycle that was going on for almost three years,” he said.
Ursua, however, said the text messages that Fullido presented as evidence of sexual favors sought by Favila and Asprec “were distorted and maliciously taken out of their conversation threads.”
Favila was dismissed from ABS-CBN in July after she was found guilty of gross misconduct over the controversy involving Fullido.