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.

Apr 2018
PHILIPPINES 10:20pm, Apr 25, 2018
PH military encourages fishermen to return to Scarborough

PANGASINAN, Philippines – The Philippine military unit responsible of Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal on Wednesday, April 25, hosted a maritime forum to encourage local fishermen to go back to the ...

PHILIPPINES 09:56am, Apr 24, 2018
Marawi family pays P100 for water daily in gov't relocation site

LANAO DEL SUR, Philippines – The doors of the homes were opened wide enough for one to get a full view of the interior of the tiny houses neatly arranged in the government relocation site in Barangay ...

PHILIPPINES 02:54pm, Apr 22, 2018
Mindanao shows growing dissatisfaction with gov't – SWS

MANILA, Philippines – Mindanao continued to show massive support for President Rodrigo Duterte but the region didn't have the same love for the rest of the government, a recent survey by the Social ...

PHILIPPINES 09:44am, Apr 22, 2018
Duterte magic to be tested in 2019 Senate race

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The more things change, the more they stay the same. A newly released Pulse Asia survey on the 2019 senatorial race showed old names dominating the midterm elections, ...

PHILIPPINES 04:39pm, Apr 20, 2018
Erwin Tulfo pulls a surprise; Sara Duterte, Dela Rosa join 'Magic 12' in survey

MANILA, Philippines – They're not even in the administration's initial list of possible candidates, but 3 allies of President Rodrigo Duterte appear to have a winning shot at next year's senatorial ...

PHILIPPINES 11:35am, Apr 19, 2018
Guerrero leaves AFP leadership 4 reminders before bowing out

MANILA, Philippines – Newly retired Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief General Rey Leonardo Guerrero left 4 important reminders to military leaders before bowing out of the service on ...

PHILIPPINES 06:04pm, Apr 18, 2018
New AFP chief Carlito Galvez: 'We must now walk the path of peace'

MANILA, Philippines – New Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr vowed to support the peace process in Mindanao. "We must now walk the path of peace," ...

PHILIPPINES 08:00am, Apr 18, 2018
U.S. vows to give PH full control of military facilities

PAMPANGA, Philippines – It won't be like Zamboanga this time, the United States assured the Philippines. US Ambassador Sung Kim said the military facilities the superpower will build under the ...

PHILIPPINES 03:00pm, Apr 17, 2018
The house that saved Christians in Marawi

LANAO DEL SUR, Philippines – It has 7 rooms, a living room, a kitchen, and a veranda that gives a postcard perfect view of the Muslim city of Marawi and the fabled Lake Lanao. "It has a perfect view ...

PHILIPPINES 07:30am, Apr 17, 2018
Construction for PH-US EDCA military deal begins

PAMPANGA, Philippines (UPDATED) – A military deal signed between the Philippines and the US in 2014 finally proceeds with the construction of the first facility in Basa Air Base in Pampanga in ...