On October 5, ABS-CBN anchor and news reporter Gretchen Fulido has filed cases against officials of the media giant for “persecution, libel, and victim-shaming.”
The news was announced by Atty. Marvin B. Aceron of AVP Law Offices, saying that Fulido wanted “former ABS-CBN News Executive, and Maricar P. Asprec, ABS-CBN News Segment Producer,” to be held liable for persecuting her.
Fulido filed the case before the City Prosecutors’ Office of Quezon City.
According to the press release of AVP Law Office, Fulido accused Favila and Asprec of sending her “Text messages that were loaded with s*x*al innuendos, which amounted to requests for s*x*al favors,”.
When Fulido refused the request of the two execs, the reporter claimed that suspects made it difficult for her “to work as a reporter and news anchor for TV Patrol. It was a cycle that was going on for almost three years.”
She also filed libel cases against renowned journalist Cecilia ‘Ces’ Drilon, Venancio Borromeo, and Marie Lozano.
You can read the whole press release below:
October 5, 2018
Gretchen Fullido files criminal cases against news executives and reporter for s*x*al persecution, libel and victim shaming
Gretchen Marie Fullido, ABS-CBN anchor and reporter, filed this afternoon a s*x*al persecution case against Cheryl C. Favila, former ABS-CBN News Executive, and Maricar P. Asprec, ABS-CBN News Segment Producer. The case was filed before the City Prosecutors’ Office of Quezon City.
Fullido alleged that Favila and Asprec sent her text messages that were loaded with s*x*al innuendos, which amounted to requests for s*x*al favors. She further stated that when she rejected the advances, the two retaliated and made it difficult for her to work as a reporter and news anchor for TV Patrol. It was a cycle that was going on for almost three years.
Fullido also filed libel cases against two news executives of ABS-CBN, Cecilia Drilon and Venancio Borromeo, news reporter Marie Lozano, alleging that the three besmirched her reputation when they stated that she filed a similar s*x*al persecution complaint against Favila and Asprec with ABS-CBN management to leverage her employment status with ABS-CBN.
Fullido in her Complaint Affidavit also said Drilon resorted to victim shaming and imputed statements that Fullido deserved to be persecuted, since Fullido allegedly, was willing to wear a bikini with an inflatable pool with bubbles to shove up the ratings of TV Patrol, a leading daily news program.
On July 16, 2018, ABS-CBN Management released a Decision dismissing the case for s*x*al persecution against Cheryl C. Favila but finding her liable for Gross Misconduct leading to her dismissal from the company recently. Fullido attached a copy of the ABS-CBN Investigating Body’s decision to the Complaint.
Fullido, a regular employee and news reporter and anchor for ABS-CBN, is the first Filipino news celebrity to speak up against s**** persecution in the news industry in the Philippines.”
Meanwhile, the netizens were shocked after knowing that one of the known news reporters of ABS-CBN stood up against its execs.
Wow. Gretchen Fulido. Gamechanger.
— nico quejano (@nico_quejano) October 5, 2018
Gretchen Fulido … Rise!
— Manika Cheza ? (@manikacheza) October 5, 2018
As of writing, the post already reached thousands of shares and different reaction from the netizens, some defended the TV network and some criticized them for what they’re doing with their employees.
Source: AVP Law Offices