Gretchen Fullido libel case against Marie Lozano dismissed

by Arniel C. Serato
Mar 22, 2019
Quezon City Prosecutor's Office junked libel complaint filed by Gretchen Fullido (left) against TV Patrol colleague Marie Lozano (right).
PHOTO/S: Courtesy: @gretsfullido / @iammarielozano on Instagram

Ibinasura ng Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office ang libel complaint na isinampa ni Gretchen Fullido laban sa kapwa niya TV Patrol Star Patroller na si Marie Lozano.

Si Marie ang isa sa tatlong katrabaho ni Gretchen sa ABS-CBN Newsroom na sinampahan niya ng reklamong libel noong October 5, 2018.

Ang dalawa pa ay sina dating TV Patrol news anchor Ces Drilon at news executive na si Venancio Borromeo.

Inakusahan ni Gretchen ang tatlong katrabaho ng paninira diumano sa kanyang reputasyon kaugnay ng hiwalay na sexual-harassment complaint na isinampa niya laban sa TV Patrol supervising producer na si Cheryl Favila at TV Patrol segment producer na si Maricar Asprec noong 2017.

Ngunit ayon sa limang-pahinang desisyon ng Quezon City prosecutor, hindi nakitaan ng basehan ang reklamo ni Gretchen laban kay Marie.

Ang desisyong pumapabor kay Marie ay niladaan ni Quezon City Assistant City Prosecutor na si Arceli C. Ragsac noong January 28, 2019.

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Ayon pa sa resolusyon, hindi "defamatory" ang sworn statement ni Marie sa Ad Hoc Investigating Committee ng ABS-CBN, kung saan unang naghain ng reklamong sexual harassment si Gretchen laban kina Cheryl at Maricar.

Isa si Marie sa mga nagpasa ng sworn statement sa Ad Hoc Investigating Committee ng ABS-CBN kaugnay ng reklamo ni Marie.

Ayon sa pinirmahang affidavit noon ni Marie: “The first thing that came to mind as the reason why Gretchen filed a complaint is that she wanted to hold on to Star Patrol.

“Before all this, rumors were spreading that the time has come for her to be replaced after celebrity patrollers started sitting in for Gretchen.

“The issue blew up after Kim Chiu whose stint was a trending topic said (in Mario Dumaual’s report) that she was ready to do Star Patrol anytime.

“This aired as Gretchen was back as Star Patrol anchor.

“Entertainment reports from other networks and publications immediately talked to me about it.”

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Ayon pa sa Quezon City prosecutor, “A reading of the statement per se shows that it is not defamatory.

“Respondent is merely stating her opinion or observation.

“Her use of the words “that the first thing that came to mind” supports this assumption."

At ito ang naging pinal na desisyon ng piskalya: "WHEREFORE, premises considered, it is respectfully recommended that the instant complaint against the respondent be DISMISSED."

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Nauna nang ibinasura ng Quezon City prosecutor ang reklamong libel na inihain ni Gretchen Fullido laban kina Ces Drilon at Venancio Borromeo.

Hindi pa lumalabas ang desisyon sa reklamong sexual harassment na isinampa ni Fullido laban kina Cheryl Favila at Maricar Asprec.

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Quezon City Prosecutor's Office junked libel complaint filed by Gretchen Fullido (left) against TV Patrol colleague Marie Lozano (right).
PHOTO/S: Courtesy: @gretsfullido / @iammarielozano on Instagram
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