ABS-CBN exec denies sexual meaning behind ‘lambing’ advice to Gretchen Fullido: Nagki-kiss, hug lahat ng tao sa newsroom!
ABS-CBN news producer Maricar Asprec has denied that there is a sexual connotation behind her advice to entertainment reporter Gretchen Fullido to make “lambing” or be endearing to her when she was in a bad mood.
In a sworn statement obtained by Politiko, Asprec said “lambing” was a common word used in the newsroom. She said making “lambing” was advised to anyone who may have offended another person.
Referring to Fullido, the ABS-CBN executive said: “Never naman niyang sinabi sa akin na huwag kong sabihin or ipagawa yon sa kanya. Palaging sinasabi ni Gretchen na naa-appreciate niya ang mga advice ko sa kanya at sorry kung nadadamay pa ako kapag nag-aaway sila ni Chair.”
“Chair” is former ABS-CBN producer Cheryl Favila, Asprec’s partner and her co-respondent in the sexual harassment case filed by Fullido.
Asprec said people in the ABS-CBN newsroom were sweet to each other and unafraid to show their feelings.
“Palagi kaming nagha-hug and kiss. Normal na sa amin ‘yun. Palagi kaming gumagamit ng sweet words like lambing and kiss. I don’t understand bakit binibigyan malisya ni Gretchen ‘yun,” she said.
Asprec said she was puzzled by Fullido’s claim of sexual harassment because she never had an issue with her or Favila in the four years they were friends. She said there were times when they went out together but the reporter did not say anything about being uncomfortable in their presence.
The ABS-CBN news executive said she felt she and Favila were used by Fullido to advance her career.
“Ang realization ko po ay ginamit lang kami ni Gretchen lalo na si Chair para magkaroon siya ng added value bilang reporter at entertainment anchor. Nagkunwari siya na kaibigan namin,” she said.
Asprec believes the reporter filed the sexual harassment complaint because she felt threatened at work when her weaknesses were exposed.
“Pero noong napagod na kami sa kanya, sa kanyang mga palusot, kasinungalingan, katamaran sa trabaho, at noong marami nang nakakaalam sa kahinaan niya, natakot na siya. Nag-imbento na siya ng mga istorya and she twisted our text messages,” she said.