ABS-CBN execs to face trial

Gretchen Fullido

For sexual harassment.

THE sexual harassment case filed by TV and radio personality Gretchen Fullido against ABS-CBN executives Cheryl Favila and Maricar Asprec will go to trial.

An Information  charging the two network bosses of violation of Republic Act 7877, “An Act Declaring Sexual Harassment Unlawful in the Employment, Education or Training Environment, and for Other Purposes” was filed by the Quezon City Prosecutors’ Office last May 28, and was raffled to Branch 32 of the Metropolitan Trial Court of Quezon City.  

The charge sheet states that from 2015 to 2017, Favila and Asprec, head of ABS-CBN’s Ecosystem Integrated News and Current Affairs Department and Segment Producer, respectfully, repeatedly sought sexual favors from Fullido.

Favila was described as exercising “authority, influence or moral ascendancy,” over Fullido while Asprec was noted to have urged that the TV and radio personality be extra nice (“lambingin”) to them.  

Favila further requested Fullido to be her “Thursday Girl ,” sending text messages filled with sexual undertones which the latter rejected.

After the network talent spurned these advances, she allegedly experienced a “hostile working environment,” to her damage and prejudice.

Bail was left to the discretion of the trial court.  

When reached for comment, Atty. Lorna Patajo-Kapunan, Fullido’s lawyer, said “their client felt vindicated, and they were ready and prepared to prove the sexual harassment charges against Favila and Asprec.”

“This could be a test case for the Philippines’ version of the #MeToo movement. It can inspire and encourage other victims of sexual wrongdoing in the workplace or in educational institutions to come forward and make aggressors and predators accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” Kapunan added.