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Karen Davila, Bianca Gonzales on Gretchen Fullido case


BIANCA Gonzalez (IG)

BIANCA Gonzalez (IG)

IT took some time but Karen Davila and Bianca Gonzalez, considered among more vocal proponents of women’s rights around these parts, finally broke their silence over the sexual harassment case Gretchen Fullido filed in court against several ABS-CBN executives.

Both women were criticized for not commenting on the issue even after it made headlines.

In a tweet on Saturday, Davila said: “NO to SEXUAL HARASSMENT. NO to any form of VICTIM SHAMING. Without prejudice to any of my colleagues, these values are eternal to my person.”

Davila is a news anchor on ABS-CBN.

Among those Fullido accused of sexual harassment are former ABS-CBN News executive Cheryl Favila and ABS-CBN News segment producer Maricar Asprec.

Fulluido also filed libel charges in court against ABS-CBN news anchor Ces Drilon, ABS-CBN news executive Venancio Borromeo, and ABS-CBN showbiz news reporter Marie Lozano.

Meanwhile, Gonzalez, who has hosted several shows on ABS-CBN, tweeted:

“Hanga ako sa tapang ni Ms. Gretchen Fullido. Sana’y lumabas ang katotohanan sa kaso at mabigyan ng hustisya.”

She expressed sadness, however, with some netizens making it appear she is afraid of showing support to Fullido.

Gonzalez said, “Nakakalungkot na may taong ginagawa itong isyu ng babae laban sa babae. Sa sitwasyon na ito, puro babae at LGBTQ ang involved, kaya sensitibo talaga.”

KAREN Davila (IG)

KAREN Davila (IG)

On the other hand, Atty. Evalyn Ursua, legal counsel of Favila and Asprec, has issued this statement:

“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.

“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.” (Neil Ramos)