October 5, 2018, Gretchen Fullido, a known entertainment anchor for ABS-CBN’s “TV Patrol,” filed cases against some of the other ABS-CBN Executives. These are under the charges of inappropriate malicious advances and libel.
She filed inappropriate malicious advances to Cheryl Favila, former ABS-CBN News Executive, and Maricar Asprec, ABS-CBN News Producer. Gretchen also filed libel charges against Cecilia (Ces) Drilon, Venancio Borromeo, and Marie Lozano. Gretchen filed the cases at the City Prosecutors’ Office of Quezon City. And in an interview with PEP, Cheryl Favila shared their side of the story. According to them, it was not harassment but Gretchen’s capability as a journalist.
Chery Favila did not only deny the allegations against her but also revealed how Gretchen is as a journalist.
In the complaint against her, Gretchen claimed that her work and her stories were greatly affected. This was due after rejecting Cheryl’s repeated inappropriate advances since 2015. Attorney Evalyn Ursua, Cheryl’s legal counsel responded and said:
“Gretchen’s stories did not get aired—not because of malice, but because her stories were either—No. 1, the stories were very poorly written; No. 2, did not have an angle; No. 3, there was no video support; No. 4, the video support and the story did not match. I mean, the work of Gretchen Fullido just does not meet journalistic standards.”
One unidentified PEP interviewee confirmed Atty. Ursua’s statement by saying:
Their case in point that Gretchen’s allegations are bogus and that it was because of her lacking skill as a journalist. But we must take note that this is only one side of the story. Gretchen Fullido also recently released text messages she received from Cheryl from 2015-2017. Here are some of the texts:
“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 [redacted] 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,”
“Good morning! Tara Grets was my shower moment this morning…”
As the issue continues, it divides people on who to believe. This also serves as an example of the dangers within a workplace. Whether the allegations are true or not, it was caused by something that happened within themselves as workmates. In conclusion, we should always keep safe even if we are in the comforts of our own office.
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