Prosecutors charged two former ABS-CBN executives over Gretchen Fullido sexual harrassment case

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MANILA, Philippines - Sexual harassment complaint filed by ABS-CBN Showbiz news reporter Gretchen Fullido against a former executive of ABS-CBN and Network segment producer has now been finally charged by the Quezon City Prosecutor’s office.
The investigating prosecutors objected with the network’s management decision to dismiss Fullido’s sexual harassment charge against Cheryl Favila, a former executive of the station and segment producer Maricar Asprec. They said elements of the crime under Republic Act 7877 or the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act exist in the case. According to Philstar report.

The report also said that Favila’s messages to Ms. Fullido “signify double meaning as they contain sexual undertones.”
The prosecutors also considered the messages as a “request for sexual favors” sent by a superior with authority or moral ascendancy in the workplace.
Both Favila and Asprec allegedly “made it difficult” for Fullido to work as a reporter and anchor for the network’s nightly news program when she rejected their advances.
Aside from Favila and Asprec, Fullido also filed libel charges against ABS-CBN executives Cecilia Drilon and Venancio Borromeo as well as news reporter Marie Lozano, whom she accused of besmirching her reputation by claiming that she was using the sexual harassment complaint she initially filed with ABS-CBN to leverage her employment status. 

The said case has also been previously recommended by the Government prosecutor for filing of libel charges against ABS-CBN executives Cecilia Drilon and Venancio Borromeo, and news reporter Marie Lozano. 

Quezon City prosecutors believed that the three acted in bad faith when they made statements against Fullido during the network’s internal probe into the sexual harassment complaint against the two former executives.

Source: Philstar

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