Monday, October 15, 2018

Repost: Gretchen Fullido's Camp Reveals Alleged Texts on Sexual Harassment

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A day after ABS-CBN entertainment anchor and reporter Gretchen Fullido filed complaints against Cheryl Favila, former ABS-CBN News executive, and Maricar Asprec, an ABS-CBN News segment producer, their legal counsel Evalyn Ursua released a statement and called the charges “baseless” and “a classic example of discrimination against LGBTQ individuals and gender stereotyping against them in matters of sexuality.”

“It is unfortunate that Gretchen Fullido has chosen to pursue a criminal complaint of sexual harassment against my clients Cheryl Favila and Maricar Asprec despite [the fact]that the same complaint had been previously dismissed as baseless after a thorough formal investigation within ABS-CBN,” Ursua said in a statement released to the media.

“This dismissal came about after Favila and Asprec proved that the text messages that Fullido used as evidence were distorted and maliciously taken out of their conversation threads,” she added.

On Monday afternoon, Fullido’s counsel Marvin Aceron shared with The Manila Times the formal complaint their camp had filed with the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office on Friday.

It contained, among others, the text messages Favila and Asprec supposedly sent to Fullido from 2015 to 2017 — “loaded with sexual innuendos, which amounted to requests for sexual favors,” as Aceron described in a statement last week.

The reporter’s camp alleged that Favila and Asprec gave Fullido “the feeling that she ‘needed to be close’ to them beyond the Boss-Colleague level” beginning April 2015 or when “Tara Grets” – a tourism-oriented segment hosted by Fullido – began airing on TV Patrol, ABS-CBN’s flagship newscast.

“Respondent Asprec would instruct Fullido (Complainant) to ‘make lambing’ (show affection) to respondent Favila whenever she was mad at Complainant for something,” the complaint stated.

‘Thursday Girl’

The complaint also claimed Favila and Asprec were in an “open relationship.”

“Under this relationship, respondent Favila usually reserved her Thursday for a third party. Respondent Asprec then asked Complainant (Fullido) to be respondent Favila’s ‘Thursday Girl.’ Knowing the connotation, Complainant rejected this ‘request/offer.’”

The complaint then cited the text messages that Favila sent to Fullido beginning 2015. Some of them included:
“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 sex 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.”

“Thank you, Gretchen! Pero gusto ko ng live rendition ng Happy Birthday song mo, na naka super sexy outfit ka. Hahaha! Birthday ko naman, di ba?” (I want a live rendition of your Happy Birthday song with you wearing a super-sexy outfit. Hahaha! It’s my birthday anyway.)

“Good morning! Tara Grets was my shower moment this morning…”

“What time are you coming to work? (Fullido: On the way to [ABS-CBN] now. What’s up?) Wala naman. Miss lang kita. Masama ba? Sungit.” (Nothing. I miss you. Is that wrong? Crabby.) “Kailangan mo rin ng konting lambing sa katawan.” (You need some tenderness in your body.)

“Good luck on your Deal or No Deal. May the force be with you! Bawal ang jowa ha … Lagot ka sa akin.” (Don’t hook up! I’ll see to that.)

“Promises fulfilled — I have opened the doors to your dreams by creating your own segment on TV Patrol, despite doubts and criticisms from various camps; I got you a talent fee increase, which is double of what you are currently getting (not really bad). I have set-up the stage for you. Now, it’s time for me to continue the journey to my destiny. Maktub. Good luck to yours. It’s nice to have crossed your path this lifetime, Gretchen.”

“Sana naman parati kang ganyan. Pagod na ako makipag-away. (I hope you’re always like that. I’m tired of fighting.) It’s emotionally draining, and you can’t take my intensity. So gets mo na ang style ‘di ba? (So, you get the style?) Be a good girl always.”

‘Leverage’

The complaint also stated that whenever Fullido rejected the supposed advances from Favila, the former’s stories and work would suffer.

The same files sent to The Manila Times by Fullido’s camp also showed the basis of libel complaints filed against her collegues namely, news executives Cecilia “Ces” Drilon and Venancio Borromeo, as well as news reporter Marie Lozano, for allegedly besmirching her reputation when they stated that she filed the administrative complaint last year “to leverage her employment status with ABS-CBN.”

During ABS-CBN’s internal investigation after Fullido’s filing of an administrative complaint against Favila and Aspre, Drilon allegedly stated:

“Gretchen’s accusations of sexual harassment against Chair (Favila) and Maricar (Asprec) also surprised me because many times, while I worked as anchor for TV Patrol, I witnessed [anchors]Ted Failon and Noli de Castro make side comments, in between breaks on TV Patrol, about Gretchen’s body, manner of dress, or behavior that, in my opinion, constituted sexual harassment or at least inappropriate behavior. But Gretchen Fullido only laughed off those comments. She never complained.”

“One remark she made in one party struck me: she said she was willing to wear a bikini with an inflatable pool and bubbles on TV Patrol to shore up its ratings,” Drilon was quoted as saying.

On July 16, ABS-CBN dismissed the case for sexual harassment against Favila, but found her liable for gross misconduct. A statement from ABS-CBN last week said this led to Favila’s dismissal from the company.

60 comments:

  1. Ok. So ang sungit pala sa english is crabby ๐Ÿ‘

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    1. Napansin ko din yan. Napailing na lang ako dahil parang ang off lang nung translation. Sa tingin ko “sungit” can be “irritable” or at the very least, “moody”.

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    2. Hahahahahahahaha now i know crabby pala english dub hahahaa

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    3. 443, Crabby kase is mostly used in the States as part of the conversational language of locals (colloquial kumbaga).

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    4. yan talaga ang take away mo baks? hahaha

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    5. Baka dictated lang ito at mali dinig i dont know- grumpy dapat magkatunog nman grumpy crabby ๐Ÿคฃ

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    6. Grouchy siguro. Crabby di masyado sa states baka sa Australia

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    7. 8:14, not sure.. bug grumpy is bugnutin - init ng ulo and sumpong coupled with simangot ng mukha

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    8. They’re all synonyms, just that nobody uses crabby here in the Philippines because we prefer irritable or grouchy. As mentioned by someone above more of a colloquial term s’ya. Like soda for softdrinks, marker for pentel pen and such.

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    9. malakas maka crab mentality

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  2. Oo nga ngayon ko lang din nalaman yun! ๐Ÿ˜‚ sungit in english is crabby.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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  3. Bilib ako sa babaeng eto ang lakas ng loob kahit alam niya ang makakalaban niya ay mga may posisyon at matataas na tao sa ABS. Siguro di natatakot mawalan si Gretchen ng trabaho sa pinakalamalking network sa bansa ang ABS CBN

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  4. The other camp has aired their side of the story, with complete text messages pa. I wonder what Gretchen has to say about that, considering selective yung texts na nilabas nya dito.

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    1. What are you referring to. The text messages came from Gretchen's camp.

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    2. agree. we dont know what behind sa palitan ng mga text. it feels like my something between them eh. na parang may nag paasa kasi nangako naman ung isa at tumupad. anyway sila at sila lang naman nakaka alam ng totoo. hooe that justice will prevail to the camp who are telling the truth...

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    3. Yeah, Gretchen and her counsel did not show the whole conversation so I have to side on the other camp on this

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    4. I saw them with matching justfication. Very inaappropriate Kaya. Parng di boss employee Yung exhnage ng messages. Masagwa

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    5. @5:38, what I meant was, Gretchen initially showed her side of the sms messages (spliced). Read the latest posts here in FP, from the other camp naman. You'll see the whole sms exchange, with matching justification.

      @6:46, yes, I agree as well.

      - This is 4:42

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    6. Kahit pa sabihin nating nagpaasa or sumakay si Gretchen sa mga banat sa kanta, mali parin yung ginawa ng boss nya na ginamit nya yung posisyon nya para humingi ng kapalit sa mga project na ibibigay nya. Kaya sya natanggal kasi misconduct yun.

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    7. 2:54 nabasa mo ba yung position paper and counteraffidavits. I guess you didn't because if you did you would see that most often, it was Gretchen, who would invite favila to go out! Basa basa Rin. In all the text messages, walang hininggi si favila na any favor from Gretchen. Read the thread that you may be enlightened.

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  5. Goodluck. Investigate na pala sa network e, sbi baseless, nipush pa ren, okaaaay.

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  6. The fact that abs cbn dismissed favila for gross misconduct says a lot,,,,,lets wait and see how the courts will view the evidence,,,this is one juicy scandal...

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  7. Kaya nga I didn't jump the bandwagon agad when this issue came out. I knew there more than meets the eye.

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    1. If you look at the texts that the other side released, parang they gave her a lot of slack. She was always apologizing for her mistakes and she made a lot of mistakes. Parang airhead, she couldn't get it.

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    2. Of course she has to apologize bec she is her boss. Ang tanong lang, sa lahat ba ganun din ka strict si favila? Or ginagawa nya lang yun ke Gretchen to make it her feel na indebted sya ke Favila? Para syang nasa microscope ni favila kada kibot pansin ng mali

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  8. D naman Cgro maliligwak yng mga yan kng wala tlgang basehan palusot p tong mga to tapos ggmtn p lgbt community hay

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  9. Sa US, seryoso ang sexual harassment sa work place, tanggal ka kaagad at may degrees pa yan at klase ng offender. Kahit pa nga sundot lang kung na offend mo yung tao ay considered yan pa kayang mga ganyang text. Hindi puwede yang "out of context" na sinasabi.

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    1. Hindi naman tanggal agad, of course they have to make an investigation. They sometimes the company give the accused leave with pay pa nga. Companies have to be fair, that would be another lawsuit for them if they act partial.

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    2. wala po tayo sa US, nasa pinas po kami. pero salamat at nalaman naming taga us ka ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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    3. Hindi nya sinabing taga US sya, ineexplain nya lang. Totoo naman eh. Isang maling galaw at salita no, you can get fired

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    4. Exactly, i filed a sexual harrassment case before with a coworker who told me “i was sexy” and i felt uncomfortable. Tinangal agad ng company and bngyan sha ng restraining order pagkatapos ng shift. It doesnt matter which country u live in but human rights is human rights. Sexual harrassment is sexual harassment. That’s it. Innocence is not an excuse.

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    5. 12:53 haha oo nga kaloka, pake naman diyan wala namang bearing ang laws ng US dito

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    6. 8:28 read the position paper and counter affidavits. NASA kabilang thread Lang. Then you will know what Gretchen did! Inunahan Lang nya ang ABS before they can fire her. She had it well planned. But ok na ito na lumabas,so people will know how incompetent and unprofessional and manipulative gretchen is. Ngayon, ABS can fire her!

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    7. inggit ka na taga US sya? ang sinasabi nya ang rights ng tao na magkerlamo na pag simplemg offensive remarks pero kung yun ang naramdaman ng employee may karaoatang mag reklamo. gets? boss at employee ang pinag uusapan dito. kaya marami satin mga naaapi di alam ang rights nila, tulad mo.

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  10. Detalyado ang nilabas ng text messages ni favila kesa dito kay grechen, hmmmmn, may tulog si grechen

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  11. parang ewan lang yung argument ni ces about noli and ted. anong magagawa mo e sa hindi nababastos si gretchen sa pahaging nung dalawa, unlike pag yung favila at asprec na ang nagpahiwatig. sexual harassment is always about the recipient's perspective. what's sexual harassment for one person maybe nothing for another kaya ces you cant compare. matalino ka naman di ba?

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  12. ABS dismissed the sexual harassment case. Eh any unwelcome behavior towards a person constitute sexual harassment. ABS, ayusin nyo din sexual harassment policy and process nyo.

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  13. While some of their msgs were eyebrow raising I don't think she was sexually harasssed.ive read the full texts from the other camp. Dun mo mababasa na "ah yun pala meaning"

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    1. Mismo.

      If you just read the ones above, e wow talagang maiisip mo na may point yung kaso.

      Yun lang, dahil piling parts lang yan, they were made to appear like that was the point.

      After reading the entire thread of messages, ayun, naintindihan mo na. Ganun pala ibig sabihin, kaya ganun ang pagkakasabi.

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    2. sexual harassment according to law is about the recipient being uncomfortable with the received action. if these actions are done repeatedly, then it constitutes sexual harassment.

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    3. kapag po uncomfortable ka sa workplace dahil sa mga text galaw salita etc na ganyan, you have the right to say so at iinvestigate yan. lawakan po natin ang pagiisipi

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  14. So may something pala, pinangakuan nung natupad biglang nag ka amnesia c gurl? User kumbaga. Pero wait pa natin mga bes. Sana dipa nabura convo nila ni gretch dun sa side ni boss! Wala nman na mwwala sa boss kc nsa news na dn nman

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  15. I don’t know if I’m understanding it correct Pero parang may something sa kanila ng boss niya? but then again hindi buo yung text message so it could got both ways.

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    1. You can read the COMPLETE exchange of text messages from another post by FP

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  16. For me wala lang yung msgs kasi malaswa ako kausap pero kung boss ka or hindi nmn kayo close friend sana alam mo yung limit mo kasi nakakataas kilay talaga

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  17. " Tara Gretch was my shower moment this morning..." if you'll read their whole convo it simply means yung Tara Gretch segment ang iniisip nya that morning on how to revamp it. Obviously she picked sentences from their convo to twist things out. Kung totoo nga talaga yung complete convo from favila ha

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  18. unprofessional on both sides. real corporate people will never text in that manner. gawin ko yan sa staff ko makasuhan pa ako ng inappropriate workplace behavior. i onlu make sexual jokes s kapwa ko lalake. never s babae

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    1. 12:46 you ruined the whole point with "I only make sexual jokes sa kapwa ko lalake, never sa babae".

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  19. I think this is a case where a boss forgot to put a wall between her and a subordinate. Super close na kasi. They are having dinners/ lunches and she seem to favor gretchen over the other reporters

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    1. Well i think they're into Gretchen cos sya lang yung hindi competent sa mga co-workers nyang same level as hers. Napag iiwanan sya kumbaga. As you'll notice even si Ces had her eyes on Gretch na kasi nga she's not performing well. Baka feeling nila they need to motivate her at tutukan unlike for example as stated si Diane isang word lang sabihin nila nakakagawa ng exemptional content so hindi masyadong alagain or di kailangan tutukan

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    2. 1:43 hhmm, parang di makatotohanan. Sa work place, sobrang importante ang competency. As bosses, they should know how to handle. Ang siste, parang favoritism na, kung wala man malisya. Incompetent pala pero parang naglalambingan messages nila. Something's off.

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  20. Pero bakit tinanggal sa trabaho yung isa. That must account for something

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  21. hay mas detalyado at buong text ung kabilang camp. hindi lang selective. basahin nyo kasi sa totoo lang si GF pa ang nagyayayang lumabas. sya itong nag-i love you na di sinagot ni Favilla. Tapos kaya di na-a-air ang segment nya kasi walang substance. Minsan nagair sila nang segment ni GF may maling info. Si Kim chiu nalang kasi ang gawing star patroller

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  22. Saw the other camp's release of the whole text messages. Mukhang may tulog si Gretchen. And mukhang hindi naman siya napersonal, dahil ayon sa mga taga newsroom incompetent lang talaga sya as a reporter lol we'll see how this goes.

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  23. imagine you are gf and is still working in tv patrol...

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