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.

Feb 2018
RAPPLER IQ 09:00am, Feb 19, 2018
DOCUMENTS: How Bong Go is linked thrice to frigates deal

MANILA, Philippines – At least 3 documents link Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go to the P15.7-billion frigates deal. (READ: Bong Go intervenes in P15.5-B project to acquire ...

PHILIPPINES 08:45am, Feb 19, 2018
TIMELINE: PH Navy's P15.7-B frigates acquisition project

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Navy's project to acquire two brand new and modern warships is one of two big-ticket modernization projects funded by the administration of former President ...

PHILIPPINES 06:05pm, Feb 18, 2018
U.S. seeks to continue 'working closely' with Philippine military

MANILA, Philippines – A spokesman of the Carl Vinson Strike Group of the United States Navy stressed the importance of the superpower's military ties with the Philippines as it commits to defend ...

PHILIPPINES 08:34am, Feb 18, 2018
U.S. flexes muscle in the Philippines amid concerns vs China

MANILA, Philippines – United States aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, its fleet of about 40 fighter jets, and about 5,000 American sailors arrived in Manila this week in a display of American ...

IN-DEPTH 07:04pm, Feb 14, 2018
Harry Roque pirouettes for Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – Harry Roque has always been a master at getting himself in the news. He has a way with words and knows how to play to the camera to get his causes the media mileage they need to ...

PHILIPPINES 02:26pm, Feb 12, 2018
PH looks to Russia, China for new choppers after dispute with Canada

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is looking at Russia and China as alternative suppliers of defense materiel following the botched helicopter deal with Canada. Defense Secretary Delfin ...

PHILIPPINES 09:37am, Feb 11, 2018
Ousted PH Navy chief welcomes transparent frigates probe

MANILA, Philippines – Ousted Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado said he welcomes President Rodrigo Duterte's call for an "open and transparent public hearing" to probe the ...

PHILIPPINES 04:14pm, Feb 09, 2018
Bulk of 1,000 Red surrenderees NPA supporters, not fighters

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff General Rey Guerrero said about 1,000 communist rebels surrendered since the start of the year, and most of them ...

PHILIPPINES 10:51pm, Feb 07, 2018
Marcos, Robredo pull media stunts but get no closer to a recount

MANILA, Philippines – The week saw the word war between the camps of Vice President Leni Robredo and defeated rival Ferdinand Marcos Jr escalate into media stunts that got them no closer to opening ...

PHILIPPINES 10:00am, Feb 07, 2018
Bribery scandal hounds Korean firm tapped for PH Navy warships

MANILA, Philippines – The shipbuilding giant that won the P16-billion project to build two warships for the Philippine Navy was banned in its own country because of a bribery conviction that sent ...