Published: Saturday 06 October, 2018

Official Statement: Ces Drilon Reacts to Libel Case Filed by Gretchen Fullido

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Ces Drilon vs Gretchen Fullido. (YouTube)

Ces Drilon denied the accusation if libel by Gretchen Fullido. In a statement posted online, Ces Drilon defended herself against the allegation of Fullido and says she would never say what Gretchen said she did being a victim of sexual harassment herself.

“As a victim of sexual harassment once before, it is unthinkable for me to say what Gretchen Fullido says I did,” Drilon said in her statement. 

Gretchen Fullido charged Ces Drilon with libel, along with ABS CBN colleagues Marie Lozano and Venancio Borromeo, in connection with the sexual harassment cases she filed against ABS CBN executives Maricar Asprec.

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In her libel complaint, Fullido said Drilon, Brromeo and Lozano “besmirched her reputation when they stated that she filed a similar sexual harassment complaint against Favila and Asprec with ABS-CBN management to leverage her employment status with ABS-CBN.”

But Ces Drilon said the statement she gave when she testified in the internal case Fillido filed at ABS CBN has been distorted.

Ces Drillon Official 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 rights 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 woman coming out to speak of any abuse committed against her. It is against everything I stand for as a woman.

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