Tinawag na "baseless" ng abugado ng dating ABS-CBN News executive na si Cheryl Favila at segment producer na si Maricar Asprec ang mga alegasyon ng showbiz anchor-reporter na si Gretchen Fullido laban sa kanyang mga kliyente.
Sina Favila at Asprec ang respondents sa reklamong sexual harassment na inihain ni Fullido sa Quezon City Prosecutor's Office kahapon, October 5.
Kasabay nito ay naghain din ng reklamong libel si Fullido laban sa tatlo nitong katrabaho sa ABS-CBN News Room—ang broadcast journalist na si Ces" Drilon, news executive na si Venancio Borromeo, at showbiz news reporter na si Marie Lozano.
Ngayong Sabado, October 6, nagpadala ng official statement sa PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) ang legal counsel nina Favila at Asprec na si Atty. Evalyn Ursua.
Ayon kay Atty. Ursua, ang parehong reklamong idinulog ni Fullido sa prosecutor's office ng Quezon City ay na-dismiss bilang "baseless" pagkatapos ng pormal na imbestigasyon na isinagawa ng ABS-CBN.
Ito ay matapos daw mapatunayan na ang text messages na isinumite ni Fullido bilang ebidensiya ay "distorted and maliciously taken out of their conversation threads."
Sinabi rin ni Atty. Ursua na ang "baseless complaint" ni Fullido ay "classic example of discrimination" laban sa mga miyembro ng LGBTQ community, kung saan kabilang sina Favila at Asprec.
Narito ang kabuuang pahayag ng legal counsel nina Favila at Asprec:
"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 that the same complaint had been previously dismissed as baseless after a thorough formal investigation within ABS-CBN.
"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.
“The story behind Fullido’s baseless charge of sexual harassment is a complicated one, involving personal, professional, and political matters.
“Her baseless complaint is also a classic example of discrimination against LGBTQ individuals and gender stereotyping against them in matters of sexuality.
“The prevailing homophobia in society result in a stereotyped belief that women of same-sex sexual orientation indiscriminately go after any woman or are prone to sexually harassed other women.
“We invite the LGBTQ community to examine this case closely and to stand by Favila and Asprec, two decent and upright women whose integrity is widely known among their peers and colleagues.
“I have always been an advocate of women’s rights and empowerment in my personal and professional life.
“My decades of work as a feminist lawyer speak of my consistent advocacy against those who abuse women and girl children.
“But while I am a women’s rights advocate, I have never supported nor will I ever support any abuse of the right to file a sexual harassment complaint based on fabricated stories and out of pure malice.
“It is the duty of every women’s rights advocate to ensure that a woman complainant exercises her rights to file a sexual harassment complaint responsibly.
“We owe this to the thousands of advocates and genuine victims who fought long and hard to have this form of abuse recognize by society and the State, and to have remedies institutionalized in law.
“While it pains me to go against another woman in a sexual harassment case, I welcome the opportunity to rise to the defense of two women who are wrongly accused.
“I hope that, with truth on their side, they will be vindicated in God’s time.”
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