TV personalities Ces Drilon, Marie Lozano and other members of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs are facing arrest over the libel complaint filed by Gretchen Fullido for allegedly damaging her reputation.
The resolution, signed on April 29 by Quezon City Chief Prosecutor Vilma Barcellano, reverted the earlier dismissal of Fullido’s complaint. It stated that Fullido’s complaint against broadcast journalist Cecilia ‘Ces’ Drilon, showbiz news reporter Marie Lozano, and news executive Venancio Borromeo have a solid basis.
On March, QC Prosecutors had dismissed Fullido’s complaint saying that the statements of Drilon and Lozano are not libelous and ‘fall within the category of a conditionally or qualifiedly privileged communication.’
After seeing a probable cause on the complaint, the chief prosecutor recommended releasing a warrant of arrest against the three involved personalities.
Fullido sued Drilon, Lozano, and ABS-CBN executive Venancio Borromeo for libel for allegedly damaging her reputation by saying she filed sexual harassment complaints to leverage her employment status at the network.
Drilon said Fullido’s allegations against her were “unthinkable.” Meanwhile, ABS-CBN management dismissed the sexual harassment case, but held Favila liable for gross misconduct, leading to her dismissal.