ABS-CBN responds to sexual harassment controversy
Lopez-led broadcasting giant ABS-CBN said it welcomes the complaint filed by TV news anchor Gretchen Fullido, pointing out that sexual harassment in the workplace was unacceptable and would not be tolerated under any circumstances.
?ABS-CBN takes sexual harassment seriously and does not condone such acts in the workplace or by its employees,? the media conglomerate said in a statement after Fullido sued her colleagues for sexual harassment, libel and victim-shaming.
“ABS-CBN respects the right of news anchor and reporter Gretchen Marie Fullido to bring her sexual harassment complaint to the courts. 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 added.
The Kapamilya network said it ?took prompt action? on the administrative complaint earlier filed by Fullido based on the evidence presented.
Sued were former ABS-CBN news executive Cheryl Favila and news segment producer Maricar Asprec whom Fullido claimed sent her “text messages that were loaded with sexual innuendos, which amounted to requests for sexual favours.?
Fullido claimed 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, a cycle that was going on for almost three years.?
She also filed libel charges against ABS-CBN news executives Cecilia Drilon and Venancio Borromeo, and reporter Marie Lozano for maligning her reputation when they stated that she filed the sexual harassment complaint ?to leverage her employment status with ABS-CBN.?