Carmela Fonbuena


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Carmela Fonbuena learned journalism working for Newsbreak, learned speed working for, and learned production working for GMA News TV. In Rappler, she combines all skills to become a one-woman news factory. In 2007, she won first prize in the Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism for a story on political killings in the Philippines. She covers politics, human rights, and civil society.

She was born in La Union and graduated with a degree in Journalism, cum laude, from the University of the Philippines-Diliman in 2003.

Carmela has co-written three books on Philippine elections, and is buying advance tickets for the next performance of the electoral circus.

May 2017
PHILIPPINES 08:57am, May 30, 2017
Sniper vs sniper in Marawi as residents flee

MARAWI CITY, Philippines – The Maute fighters circled a politician's house in Barangay Raya Saduc at the height of government clashes with terrorists here last week. "Noong first day, ang ...

PHILIPPINES 02:33pm, May 29, 2017
Alleged Maute member goes to Marawi capitol as evacuee

MARAWI CITY, Philippines – An alleged Maute Group member who arrived at the provincial capitol here seeking to be evacuated was arrested last week. Assemblyman Zia Alonto Adiong on Monday, May 29, ...

IN-DEPTH 12:53pm, May 29, 2017
How a military raid triggered Marawi attacks

MARAWI CITY, Philippines – The clashes in Marawi started with a military raid last week – on May 23 – in Barangay Basak Malutlut, where village authorities have long been waiting to see the Maute ...

PHILIPPINES 05:20pm, May 28, 2017
Marawi retrieves bodies on streets amid air strikes

MARAWI CITY, Philippines – Cops on Sunday, May 28, entered ground zero of military clashes with local terrorist groups to finally retrieve dead bodies on the streets. The military earlier said the ...

PHILIPPINES 09:00am, May 28, 2017
Bodies sprawled on the street where the clashes began

MARAWI CITY, Philippines – He's not one to run away at the first sound of gunfire. Abdul Moheming is your curious neighbor who likes to know what is going on in his neighborhood. When the government ...

PHILIPPINES 08:29pm, May 27, 2017
Marawi crisis: 'It's my first Ramadan far away from family'

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines – Government clashes with local terror groups in Marawi City have torn apart families and friends on Ramadan, a holy month celebrated by Muslims worldwide. "It's my first ...

PHILIPPINES 02:02pm, May 27, 2017
80% of Marawi evacuated, gov't vows 'maximum power'

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – On the 5th day of the crisis, an estimated 80% of Marawi City residents have evacuated as the military vows to use its "maximum power" to flush out local ...

PHILIPPINES 06:00am, May 27, 2017
Warrantless arrests begin at Mindanao checkpoints

LANAO DEL NORTE, Philippines – Warrantless arrests have been made in checkpoints in Mindanao, confirmed martial law implementor General Eduardo Año. "Sa isang lugar, may mga na-checkpoint dito na ...

PHILIPPINES 01:23pm, May 26, 2017
He watched Maute Group kill a cop, then he escaped

MARAWI CITY, Philippines – At the main entrance of the Amai Pakpak Medical Hospital, gunmen who attacked this city shot dead a policeman after he gestured at the security guard to shut the door. The ...

PHILIPPINES 11:19pm, May 25, 2017
Terror groups harass military camp in Marawi

LANAO DEL SUR, Philippines – Terrorist groups harrassed the military camp in Marawi City on Thursday, May 25, on Day 3 of their clashes. In two separate incidents in the afternoon, enemy snipers ...