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.

Jul 2017
PHILIPPINES 09:44am, Jul 27, 2017
Snipers and IEDs: Deadly combination in Marawi war zone

MARAWI CITY, Philippines – Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have become a growing challenge for the Philippine military as troops get closer to enemy positions in Marawi City. The bombs make for ...

PHILIPPINES 08:34pm, Jul 24, 2017
Joma on Duterte's 'blatant lie': I don't have cancer

MARAWI CITY, Philippines – Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison denied he has colon cancer. President Rodrigo Duterte claimed in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on ...

PHILIPPINES 02:58pm, Jul 24, 2017
Marawi evacuees beg Duterte: End war, martial law now

MARAWI CITY, Philippines – There's roof over their heads and food is plenty for evacuees in Saguiran, a town next to Marawi City that donors have frequented to help residents displaced by the ...

PHILIPPINES 10:39pm, Jul 23, 2017
9 soldiers killed, 41 wounded in bloodbath in Marawi

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The military suffered another bloodbath in Marawi City with up to 9 soldiers killed and 41 others wounded in clashes with local terror groups linked with the Islamic ...

PHILIPPINES 09:01pm, Jul 22, 2017
'Use martial law to fast-track return of Marawi evacuees'

MANILA, Philippines – Maranao local officials said the extension of martial law in Mindanao should not be a reason to further delay the return of Marawi residents to their homes. (READ: Congress ...

PHILIPPINES 08:10pm, Jul 21, 2017
100th soldier killed in Marawi day after gov't takes key bridge

MARAWI CITY, Philippines – The death of an elite Army soldier early morning on Friday, July 21, brought the military's death toll in Marawi City to 100. The yet to be named soldier – a fighter of ...

PHILIPPINES 05:24pm, Jul 20, 2017
Duterte finally visits Marawi

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – President Rodrigo Duterte finally reached Marawi City on Thursday, July 20, after a couple of failed attempts to fly into the city at war with homegrown ...

PHILIPPINES 02:22pm, Jul 18, 2017
DOCUMENT: Revised draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law

MANILA, Philippines – The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte the revised draft of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that seeks to create a new ...

PHILIPPINES 07:07pm, Jul 17, 2017
Graduating Marawi pupils march to the sound of war

MANILA, Philippines – It didn't matter that the sound system couldn't drown out the noise of bombs dropping on the battle zone only 3 kilometers away. Military choppers also hovered to secure the ...

PHILIPPINES 06:22pm, Jul 13, 2017
FA50 fighter jets grounded after air strike mishap in Marawi

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine military said on Thursday, July 13, it grounded its FA50 fighter jets after one figured in an air strike accident in Marawi City. Military spokesperson Brigadier ...