ABS-CBN divided: Karen Davila backs Gretchen in #metoo case vs boss, Ces Drilon
The battle lines have been drawn.
Entertainment reporter Gretchen Fullido, who sued ABS-CBN news executives for sexual harassment and victim shaming, has found an ally in TV host Karen Davilla.
Davila, who is no stranger to voicing out her opinion on certain issues, made an unequivocal stand on the controversial issue of sexual misconduct.
She found the perfect time to throw some shade and support victims of sexual assault.
She took to Twitter Sunday to denounce any form of sexual harassment and victim shaming, sparking mixed reactions across social media.
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
The tweet comes after Fullido filed sexual harassment charges against former ABS-CBN news executive Cheryl C. Favila and ABS-CBN news segment producer Maricar P. Asprec before the Quezon City Prosecutors Office. Fullido claimed that Favila and Asprec sent her text messages “loaded with sexual innuendos, which amounted to requests for sexual favours.”
Fullido also filed a libel case against ABS-CBN executives Cecilia “Ces” Drilon and Venancio Borromeo and news reporter Marie Lozano for allegedly stating that the sexual harassment complaint was meant to leverage Fullido’s employment status with the TV network.
In her complaint affidavit, Fullido said “Drilon resorted to victim shaming and imputed statements that Fullido deserved to be harassed, since Fullido allegedly, was willing to wear a bikini with an inflatable pool with bubbles to shove up the ratings of TV Patrol, a leading daily news program.”
In a tweet reaction, however, Davila clarified that she was not taking sides.
Hello Sir/Maam: Just to clarify, I said “without prejudice to any of my colleagues” which means “without judgement”. I do not have all details & info to this case.
— Karen Davila (@iamkarendavila) October 8, 2018
The cases filed by Fullido broke wide open a decades-long industry secret about sexual predation. Instances of sexual harassment are vastly underreported. Frightened by the perpetrator’s position of power, victims of sexual misconduct would rather remain silent.
Fear of reprisal or being disbelieved or the shame of admitting to being a victim keep many women from coming forward.