Gretchen Marie Fullido, ABS-CBN anchor and reporter, filed this afternoon a sexual harassment 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," Aceron said Friday.
He said that Fullido alleged that the executives sent her text messages "loaded with sexual innuendos, which amounted to requests for sexual favors." Fullido rejected their advances, and that this cycle went on for almost three years, the lawyer said.
Fullido also filed libel cases against ABS-CBN executives Cecilia Drilon and Venancio Borromeo, and news reporter Marie Lozano, for allegedly stating that the sexual harassment complaint was meant to leverage Fullido's employment status with the TV network.
"Fullido in her Complaint Affidavit also said Drilon resorted to victim shaming and imputed statements that Fullido deserved to be harassed, 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," the lawyer added.
In a statement, ABS-CBN said that it respected Fullido's right to file a court case.
"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," the network said, adding that it did not condone sexual harassment in the workplace or by its employees.
ABS-CBN also said that Fullido had already filed administrative cases against ABS-CBN employees for sexual harassment in 2017.
"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," ABS-CBN said.