- Former Kapamilya news authority Cheryl Favila spoke up about the issue of harassment filed by Gretchen Fullido
- She said the statement of the showbiz reporter were lies
- Cheryl’s lawyer also exclaimed that Gretchen did not meet journalistic standards
Former ABS-CBN news executive Cheryl Favila finally broke her silence after being sued by showbiz reporter Gretchen Fullido for sexual harassment.
KAMI learned that the TV Patrol Star Patroller filed counts of harassment and libel cases against high-ranking officials of Kapamilya news including Cheryl, Maricar Asprec, Venancio Borromeo, and Ces Drilon.
Gretchen claimed that Cheryl and Maricar often sent her text messages with sexual contents while Ces and the other news authorities victim-shamed her for being harassed.
For the first time after the issue sparked, former Kapamilya executive Cheryl agreed to have an interview with PEP.ph and explain her side regarding the recent controversy.
Cheryl exclaimed that the statements of Gretchen are lies and that she has documents to also defend her side.
She even slammed the said showbiz anchor for asking support from people by way of prayers.
“She’s lying, and we have the documents to prove it,” she quipped.
“Sabi niya, ‘Pray for me.’ Talagang I will pray for her. Anyway, mahal naman talaga tayo ng Diyos, kasama yung mga sinungaling,” she added.
Cheryl’s lawyer, Evalyn Ursua, was with her during the much-awaited interview and also gave her insights about the rift among ABS-CBN news authorities.
She emphasized that there was no power used opposite to what the complaint indicated because Cheryl had no direct or indirect authority over the showbiz correspondent.
“If you’re saying that a person has authority over another in terms of employment, that person must actually have power to fire that person. Or that person can affect the terms of employment of that other person. That did not exist here,” Atty. Ursua stated.
“Chair does not have power to hire or fire Fullido or any anchor of TV Patrol.
“Secondly, she does not evaluate Fullido. In fact, Chair has no idea how Gretchen landed the job that used to be Phoemela Barranda’s. She was just told that Gretchen was going to be an anchor in TV Patrol in the entertainment segment.
“Chair did not evaluate Gretchen for the job, and she cannot recommend her termination. So what power are we talking about?”
Atty. Ursua also denied Gretchen’s accusations that her stories were not aired as a result of rejecting the “sexual favors” of the ABS-CBN news executives.
The legal counsel expressed that the reason why the showbiz anchor’s stories were not aired on TV was merely because she did not meet journalistic standards.
“Gretchen’s stories did not get aired — not because of malice, but because her stories were either — No. 1, the stories were very poorly written; No. 2, did not have an angle; No. 3, there was no video support; No. 4, the video support and the story did not match,” she pointed out.
“I mean, the work of Gretchen Fullido just does not meet journalistic standards,” she added.
In a previous article by KAMI, the details of the affidavit filed by Gretchen before the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office were reported.
Cheryl became the TV Patrol’s supervising producer from 2009 until July 31, 2018. She was with Gretchen in the primetime news program of ABS-CBN since the latter has been a Star Patroller since 2010.
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