Katerina Francisco


Katerina is primarily a writer, but she dabbles in (a lot of) other things.

When she's not writing stories for Rappler, she likes to hit the streets with camera in hand. She feels strongly about heritage and culture, human rights and gender issues, and ideas that could change the world.

She graduated cum laude from Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Communication and a minor in Japanese Studies. She was the news editor of college publication The GUIDON, and got her first taste of cross-border journalism during an internship in the Netherlands in 2011.

She loves reading books, traveling and mostly getting lost, and preaching the merits of the Oxford comma.

Before joining Rappler's research and investigative team, she was a reporter on the metro beat and a writer on the production team.

Mar 2017
ROAD SAFETY 11:30am, Mar 26, 2017
What's lacking in our road safety laws?

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has a number of laws aimed to protect road users – from banning the use of mobile phones while driving, to prescribing speed limits and the use of seatbelts and ...

FLASHBACK 04:18pm, Mar 22, 2017
LOOK BACK: When the Philippines didn't have a vice president

MANILA, Philippines – For criticizing the government's war on drugs, Vice President Leni Robredo may find herself the subject of an impeachment complaint, with no less than House Speaker Pantaleon ...

RAPPLER IQ 10:15am, Mar 18, 2017
FAST FACTS: What you should know about Benham Rise

MANILA, Philippines – What is Benham Rise, and who owns it? The subject has come up in recent days, after the Philippines' defense department revealed that China has shown interest in the territory ...

RAPPLER IQ 12:57pm, Mar 16, 2017
What Duterte disclosed in his 2016 SALN

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is facing his first impeachment complaint, just 9 months into his first term as Philippine president. Duterte is accused of culpable violation of the ...

ROAD SAFETY 07:24pm, Mar 13, 2017
'Good road design can save motorists' lives'

MANILA, Philippines – When deadly road crashes are reported on the news, the driver of the vehicle is usually thought to be the one at fault. But while the driver may have caused the crash, his ...

RAPPLER IQ 04:20pm, Mar 08, 2017
Who is SC Associate Justice Noel Tijam?

MANILA, Philippines – Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justice Noel Tijam, a law school classmate of President Rodrigo Duterte, has been named the latest appointee to the Supreme Court (SC). Tijam, ...

RAPPLER IQ 08:05pm, Mar 06, 2017
Get to know Duterte's first Supreme Court appointee Samuel Martires

MANILA, Philippines – Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Samuel Martires is the first appointee of President Rodrigo Duterte to the Supreme Court (SC). The 68-year-old Samar-born justice replaces SC ...

Feb 2017
RAPPLER IQ 07:40pm, Feb 23, 2017
Who is the judge who ordered De Lima's arrest?

MANILA, Philippines – A Muntinlupa trial court judge ordered the arrest of Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday, February 23, over drug charges. Judge Juanita Guerrero of the Muntinlupa Regional Trial ...

BUSINESS 06:58am, Feb 23, 2017
Plaridel Bypass Road ready by end-2017 or early 2018

MALOLOS, Bulacan – A 24.61-kilometer arterial road that will link the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) with the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway in San Rafael, Bulacan is expected to be completed by ...

PHILIPPINES 05:35pm, Feb 22, 2017
Coming soon: Train ride from Tutuban to Malolos in 35 minutes

MALOLOS, Bulacan – Construction on the 38-kilometer railway that would link Tutuban in Manila to Malolos, Bulacan is expected to begin in 2019, with operations eyed between 2021 and 2022. The ...