Ces Drilon issues statement about Gretchen Fullido libel complaint

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Ces Drilon: "As a victim of sexual harassment once before, it is unthinkable for me to say what Gretchen Fullido alleges I did."


Naglabas na ng official statement ang ABS-CBN executive at broadcast journalist na si Ces Drilon kaugnay ng libel complaint na inihain laban sa kanya ng showbiz news anchor at reporter na si Gretchen Fullido.

Kabilang sina Ces, Venancio Borromeo, at Marie Lozano sa mga katrabaho ni Gretchen sa ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs na sinampahan niya ng reklamong libel dahil sa diumano’y pagdungis sa reputasyon niya ng mga walang katotohanang pahayag.

Dahil dito, pinaratangan si Ces ng ilang netizens na sumusuporta kay Gretchen ng "victim shaming."

Sa kanyang statement na inilabas sa pamamagitan ng Twitter, binanggit ni Ces ang pagiging advocate niya ng karapatan ng mga kababaihan at women empowerment.

Bilang biktima ng sexual harassment noon, hindi raw niya magagawang sabihin ang mga paratang laban sa kanya ni Gretchen.

Narito ang kabuuang pahayag ni Ces:

"It pains me to have to issue this statement because women should support each other, especially in an issue like sexual harassment.

"Throughout my life, I have been an advocate of women's rights and women's empowerment.

"As a victim of sexual harassment once before, it is unthinkable for me to say what Gretchen Fullido alleges I did.

"I encourage and support women to exercise their right to come out with truthful stories of harassment and abuse and I would never belittle any such move.

"I was asked to testify in an internal, confidential investigation into Gretchen's allegations and some of what I said during the investigation has been distorted.

"I reserve the right to consider legal proceedings against these false allegations and attack on my reputation.

"Again I would never belittle any women coming out to speak of any abuse committed against her.

"It is against everything I stand for as a woman."

Bukod sa libel complaint na inihain niya laban kina Ces, Venancio at Marie, naghain din ng reklamong sexual harassment si Gretchen laban sa ABS-CBN News executive na si Cheryl Favila at sa segment producer na si Maricar Asprec.

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Bahagi ng news release na inilabas ni Atty. Marvin Aceron, legal counsel ni Gretchen:

"Fullido also filed libel cases against two news executives of ABS-CBN, Cecilia Drilon, and Venancio Borromeo, news reporter Marie Lozano, alleging that the three besmirched her reputation when they stated that she filed a similar sexual harassment complaint against Favila and Asprec with ABS-CBN management to leverage her employment status with ABS-CBN.

"Fullido in her Complaint Affidavit also said Drilon resorted to victim shaming and imputed statements that Fullido deserved to be harassed, since Fullido allegedly, was willing to wear a bikini with an inflatable pool with bubbles to shove up the ratings of TV Patrol, a leading daily news program."

Hindi lamang si Ces ang biktima ng bashing, dahil masasakit na salita rin ang natanggap ni Marie, na pinararatangang hindi sinuportahan ang kapwa niya babae mula nang pumutok ang balita tungkol sa demanda sa kanila ni Gretchen kahapon, October 5.

Disabled na ang comments sa Instagram account ni Marie kaya hindi na nakakapag-post ng nasty remarks ang mga nakikisimpatiya kay Gretchen.

Samantala, encouraging words naman ang natatanggap ni Gretchen mula sa ilang celebrities at netizens.

Kabilang sina Jerika Ejercito, Isabel Rivas, at Ambra Gutierrez sa mga nagpahayag ng suporta kay Gretchen.

"Good job Bella!!!" ang message of support kay Gretchen ni Ambra, ang Filipina-Italian model na malaki ang kinalaman sa exposé ng sexual abuse laban sa Hollywood movie producer na si Harvey Weinstein.

PEP.ph's complete coverage of the Gretchen Fullido sexual harassment, libel complaints:

Gretchen Fullido files sexual harassment, libel complaints vs ABS-CBN colleagues

ABS-CBN issues statement on Gretchen Fullido sexual harassment complaint

Ces Drilon issues statement about Gretchen Fullido libel complaint

Jerika Ejercito, Melissa Ricks show support for Gretchen Fullido with #IStandWithGretchen

Lawyer of Cheryl Favila, Maricar Asprec on Gretchen Fullido's sexual harassment complaint: "Baseless"

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