- News authority Ces Drilon finally responded to the accusations of co-worker Gretchen Fullido
- The newscaster faces a libel complaint for allegedly ruining Gretchen’s reputation
- Ces defended that she is an advocate of women’s rights and women empowerment
ABS-CBN broadcast journalist Ces Drilon bravely explained her side regarding the libel complaint filed against her by co-worker Gretchen Fullido.
KAMI learned that Gretchen accused Ces and other Kapamilya News executives of sexual harassment and for ruining her reputation as a reporter.
The showbiz broadcaster claimed that Ces made her feel like she was worthy of being harassed because she was willing to wear a bikini for TV Patrol ratings.
In a counter-statement issued by the veteran reporter through Twitter, she promptly falsified the allegations of Gretchen and even called the complaint an attack on her reputation.
Ces also expressed that she has been an advocate of women’s rights and women empowerment that is why she cannot do what is stated in the affidavit of the younger broadcaster.
The former Bandila anchor also shared that she was once a victim of sexual harassment and that she could not fathom the accusations of her colleague.
Here is the transcript of Ces’ statement:
"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."
In a previous article by KAMI, the content of the complaint affidavit of Gretchen and her legal counsel was reported.
Ces, or Cecilia Victoria Oreña-Drilon in real life, was born on July 8, 1961. She is a Filipino broadcaster who is married to painter Rock Drilon, a nephew of Senator Franklin Drilon.
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