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#MeToo: ABS-CBN execs call Gretchen Fullido ‘stripteaser,’ suggest she ‘make love’ to stories in texts

Former ABS-CBN newsroom executive Cheryl Favila called showbiz reporter Gretchen Fullido a “stripteaser” and suggested she “make love” to stories, text messages showed.

Fullido’s abogado, Marvin Aceron, shared to the Manila Times the text messages that Favila allegedly sent Fullido in response to her and ABS-CBN news segment producer Maricar Asprec’s claim that the reporter took the messages out of context.

The text messages from Favila and Asprec were indicated in the sexual harassment complaint Fullido filed before the Quezon City Prosecutors’ Office last week against the ABS-CBN newsroom executives.

Some of the text messages allegedly sent by Favila beginning 2015 were: “I pitched for you to be the social media anchor for Election Marathon. But mas gusto ko pa rin ng (I still like a) strip-teaser. Gretch yata (Maybe).”

“Think of writing a story this way: having sex is different from ‘making love.’ Making love entails emotions, not just doing the act. Always try to ‘make love’ to your stories. I am very partial to it.”

“Thank you, Gretchen! Pero gusto ko ng live rendition ng Happy Birthday song mo, na naka super sexy outfit ka. Hahaha! Birthday ko naman, di ba?” (I want a live rendition of your Happy Birthday song with you wearing a super-sexy outfit. Hahaha! It’s my birthday anyway.)

“Good morning! Tara Grets was my shower moment this morning…”

“What time are you coming to work? (Fullido: On the way to [ABS-CBN] now. What’s up?) Wala naman. Miss lang kita. Masama ba? Sungit.” (Nothing. I miss you. Is that wrong? Crabby.) “Kailangan mo rin ng konting lambing sa katawan.” (You need some tenderness in your body.)

“Good luck on your Deal or No Deal. May the force be with you! Bawal ang jowa ha … Lagot ka sa akin.” (Don’t hook up! I’ll see to that.)

“Promises fulfilled — I have opened the doors to your dreams by creating your own segment on TV Patrol, despite doubts and criticisms from various camps; I got you a talent fee increase, which is double of what you are currently getting (not really bad). I have set-up the stage for you. Now, it’s time for me to continue the journey to my destiny. Maktub. Good luck to yours. It’s nice to have crossed your path this lifetime, Gretchen.”

“Sana naman parati kang ganyan. Pagod na ako makipag-away. (I hope you’re always like that. I’m tired of fighting.) It’s emotionally draining, and you can’t take my intensity. So gets mo na ang style ‘di ba? (So, you get the style?) Be a good girl always.”

Fullido claimed that Asprec and Favila were in an “open relationship,” with Thursdays supposedly reserved for a third party.

“Respondent Asprec then asked Complainant (Fullido) to be respondent Favila’s ‘Thursday Girl.’ Knowing the connotation, Complainant rejected this ‘request/offer,'” the complaint read.

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