Bonz Magsambol

Bonz Magsambol is a social media producer for Rappler. As a Development Communication graduate, he believes that social media is a powerful tool that can be used to promote social causes.

Before joining Rappler, Bonz was part of the ABS-CBN News Investigative and Research Group, where he was involved in mining government data and producing election-related datasets for the coverage of the 2016 elections.

Bonz graduated from the University of the Philippines Los Baños with a major in Development Journalism. During his undergraduate years, he served as the editor-in-chief of the community newspaper of Los Baños, Laguna, The Los Baños Times.

Feb 2020
PHILIPPINES 06:48pm, Feb 17, 2020
2 Makati cops fired over alleged ‘transgender profiling’

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Two Makati cops were fired Monday, February 17, after they engaged in alleged “transgender profiling,” an act caught on video that circulated online on Friday, ...

PHILIPPINES 01:28pm, Feb 17, 2020
Over 25,000 stranded Filipinos hope to return to Hong Kong amid coronavirus crisis

MANILA, Philippines – Tales of misery continue for more than 25,000 stranded Filipinos who hope to return to Hong Kong for work as the Philippine government remains firm on its ban on travelers ...

PHILIPPINES 01:44pm, Feb 16, 2020
They're victims too: Advocacy group calls for prevention of sexual abuses on boys

MANILA, Philippines – Advocacy group Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse (CPTCSA) said on Friday, February 14, that boys, like girls, also experience forms of sexual abuse ...

PHILIPPINES 12:22pm, Feb 03, 2020
Fidel Nemenzo is U.P. Diliman new chancellor

MANILA, Philippines — Mathematics professor Fidel Nemenzo has been appointed as chancellor of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman. Nemenzo was elected during a meeting of the UP Board of ...

PHILIPPINES 06:15pm, Feb 01, 2020
Through his own lens: Albert Garcia gets up close with Pinatubo, Taal

MANILA, Philippines – It wasn’t a lucky shot. When he covered the eruption of Mount Pinatubo on June 15, 1991, photojournalist Albert Garcia badly wanted his photos to be remarkable and to end up ...

Jan 2020
NEWSBREAK VIDEOS & PODCASTS 11:00am, Jan 31, 2020
WATCH: Lumad children want to be back in classrooms

Graphics and animation by David Castuciano MANILA, Philippines – Lumad students have only one wish for the government: “stop the attacks on our schools.” (READ: Trauma haunts Lumad students after ...

PHILIPPINES 01:06pm, Jan 28, 2020
Two-time Taal eruption survivor: Access to information saved lives in 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Among the thousands of people forced to leave their homes due to the Taal Volcano eruption, there are those who are not new to the struggle, having survived the last one in ...

PHILIPPINES 05:55pm, Jan 24, 2020
Traumatized Taal survivor wants to relocate, if given the chance

MANILA, Philippines – Trauma haunted Mary Grace Barrion after the Taal Volcano in Batangas began erupting on Sunday, January 12. Barrion, 23, told Rappler that if she and her family would be ...

PHILIPPINES 08:23pm, Jan 23, 2020
Taal survivor recalls evacuating ailing father, deaf mute daughter

BATANGAS, Philippines – Rowena Balina thought that when Taal Volcano began erupting on Sunday afternoon, January 12, it would be the end of everything for her and her family. (READ: Taal Volcano's ...

PHILIPPINES 01:02pm, Jan 22, 2020
Isko Moreno surprises longtime city hall employee with new house

MANILA, Philippines – When he was called to come up on stage during their flag ceremony at the Manila City Hall on Monday, January 20, Melchor Duka didn’t have any idea that he would be getting a ...