Mara Cepeda

mara.cepeda@rappler.com

MARA CEPEDA

Mara considers joining Rappler as her baptism of fire. She is currently covering the House of Representatives as it puts forward the legislative agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte.

During the 2016 elections, Mara trailed the presidential bid of former vice president Jejomar Binay. She also wrote about labor and migration issues as well as hunger and poverty alleviation.

Mara graduated cum laude from the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Communication. She was the editor-in-chief of The GUIDON, the university's official student publication.

In her spare time, Mara loves to read books, to binge-watch her favorite TV shows, and to dance around the room like no one's watching.

Jul 2017
PHILIPPINES 08:49pm, Jul 25, 2017
Battle of opposition blocs? Lagman, Suarez deliver counter-SONAs

MANILA, Philippines – Two counter-speeches against President Rodrigo Duterte’s second State of the Nation Address (SONA) were delivered at the House of Representatives on Tuesday, July 25. Minority ...


INSIDE TRACK 06:30pm, Jul 25, 2017
Imee Marcos jokes: Easy to drag 'jobless' Enrile around

In 1986, then-defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile was a key figure in the revolt against the dictator Ferdinand Marcos. But 31 years later, Enrile is helping the daughter of the late ...


PHILIPPINES 05:11pm, Jul 25, 2017
House frees 6 detained Ilocos Norte officials

MANILA, Philippines – After 57 days, the House committee on good government and public accountability finally granted freedom to the 6 Ilocos Norte officials it detained last May. House Majority ...


PHILIPPINES 04:11pm, Jul 25, 2017
Imee Marcos apologizes to House, Aquino over P100-M bribe claim

MANILA, Philippines – Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos retracted her allegation that the Liberal Party (LP) bribed lawmakers with a P100-million fund to bar her from attending the House probe into ...


PHILIPPINES 01:37pm, Jul 25, 2017
Imee Marcos grilled over ‘gross negligence’ in tobacco fund use

MANILA, Philippines – Lawmakers grilled Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos over her supposed “gross negligence” in the purchase of motor vehicles using P66.45 million in local tobacco funds. On ...


PHILIPPINES 09:56am, Jul 25, 2017
Imee Marcos shows up at House probe

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos showed up at the congressional probe into her alleged misuse of P66.45 million in local tobacco funds on Tuesday, July 25. Marcos ...


PHILIPPINES 10:40pm, Jul 24, 2017
Duterte wants Senate to pass tax reform in full, zeroes in on Angara

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte urged senators to pass his administration’s first batch of tax reforms, but also called out Senator Juan Edgardo Angara for not clapping after he made ...


PHILIPPINES 10:09pm, Jul 24, 2017
Duterte wants death for drug convicts: ‘An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth’

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte once again asked the 17th Congress to pass the bill reimposing the death penalty during his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July ...


PHILIPPINES 06:57pm, Jul 24, 2017
On eve of House tobacco probe, Imee Marcos appears in Congress

MANILA, Philippines – Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos was spotted at the Batasang Pambansa ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte’s second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 24. Marcos ...


PHILIPPINES 01:35pm, Jul 24, 2017
Marawi resident claiming martial law abuses 'a voice in the wilderness' – Alvarez

MANILA, Philippines – Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez belittled the speech of a Marawi aide worker who told lawmakers that government troops are committing human rights abuses in Mindanao under martial ...