Famous personalities expressed their support for ABS-CBN entertainment reporter Gretchen Fullido after she filed a case of sexual harassment against a current and former producer of “TV Patrol.”
Fullido accused former supervising producer Cheryl Favila and current segment producer Maricar Asprec of sending her text messages allegedly “loaded with sexual innuendos, which amounted to requests for sexual favors.”
Favila denied the accusations and called out Fullido for supposedly manipulating the text messages, claiming that they were taken out of context. They also launched a Facebook page to air out their side.
Meanwhile, local celebrities and famous personalities have spoken up about the matter and showed their support to the entertainment reporter.
Former “Star Circle Quest” finalist Melissa Ricks lauded Fullido for her initiative to “stand up” for her rights.
“It takes a lot of strength and courage to stand up for your rights, and you did. Proud of you,” Ricks said.
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Strong. Brave. Kind. Stood with me in difficult times and I will stand by her. It takes a lot of strength and courage to stand up for your rights, and you did. proud of you. My heart and prayers…🤗 lm Here for you. "God is with her, she will not fall"💕🙏 #IStandWithGretchen
While the television host declared that she admired Fullido’s bravery, she added that the case is “sensitive” since it involves the LGBTQ+ community, namely Favila and Asprec.
Her statement came after social media users accused her of being silent, claiming that she is usually very vocal about hot topics.
Hanga ako sa tapang ni Ms. Gretchen Fullido. Sana'y lumabas ang katotohanan sa kaso at mabigyan ng hustisya. 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.
— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) October 7, 2018
The comedienne urged the public to support Fullido since according to her, “Not every woman have the courage to report it (sexual harassment) to the authority due to many reasons.”
She added, however, that she supports the entertainment reporter not because they share the same gender but because of the incident at hand.
Not every women have the courage to report it to the authority due to many reasons. Let us support her. Not because she is a woman, because she is the victim here. And for those sexual harrasment apologist, we are going to assume you've done the same thing. Charot! https://t.co/kqQqHSN3cY
— Ethel Booba (@IamEthylGabison) October 7, 2018
The actress acknowledged that while she does not know the whole facts surrounding the case, she commended Fullido “for being brave to come forward and speak up.”
She added that women must not be “pitted against each other” since the case involves people of the same gender. It must “be about justice,” she noted.
— Izadora Calzado (@MissIzaCalzado) October 8, 2018
The renowned broadcast journalist commented that she does not condone “sexual harassment” and “victim-blaming.” Although she did not drop any names, her statement was released after the issue of Fullido, Favila and Asprec became public.
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.
— Karen Davila (@iamkarendavila) October 7, 2018
One of the daughters of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada also supported Fullido and noted that the latter is “her dearest friend.”
Ejercito wrote, “Gretchen Fullido makes a brave stand for all (the) women out there who have been bullied and victimized. You are not alone in your fight for justice.”
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Today she made history. Today she fought for her rights. Today she is writing her own story . I am so proud to call her my dearest friend. Her courage amazes me. Gretchen Fullido makes a brave stand for all women out there who have been bullied and victimized . You are not alone in your fight for justice. I FIGHT WITH GRETCHEN. #ISTANDWITHGRETCHEN
The talent manager of Liza Soberano said that he is with Fullido in her sexual harassment case.
“I am for Gretchen. At naniniwala ako sa kanya. So, ipaglaban mo ang iyong karapatan, Gretchen!” he wrote.
The son of Bong Revilla—who was rumored to be linked with Fullido before—said in an interview that he fully supports the entertainment reporter because according to him, she is a very close friend.
“Well, ako, since kaibigan ko ‘yan, very malapit sa akin ‘yan. I’ll support her all throughout, all the way. And I’m praying for her. I’ll pray for her na bigyan siya ng lakas sa kinakaharap nya ngayon. I wish her nothing but the best,” he said.
“Kasi si Gretchen, napakabait na tao ‘yan. Napakasipag niyan. She’s one of the most hardworking people I had ever met in show business, and totoong tao ‘yan,” Revilla added. — Artwork by Uela Altar-Badayos; Additional photos from Gretchen Fullido via Facebook, Jerika Ejercito and Bryan Revilla via Instagram