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.

May 2019
PHILIPPINES 04:27pm, May 31, 2019
Soldiers seethe online after Erwin Tulfo threatens to slap ex-Army chief

MANILA, Philippines – Soldiers are up in arms – online. They are seething over the actions of broadcaster Erwin Tulfo, who gave Social Welfare Secretary Secretary Rolando Bautista – a former Army ...

PHILIPPINES 09:19pm, May 23, 2019
Philippine Navy's first ever missile-capable warship hits water

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Navy's first ever missile-capable warship, the future BRP Jose Rizal, hit the water on Thursday, May 23, during a launching ceremony in South Korea. Armed ...

PHILIPPINES 05:14pm, May 23, 2019
ISIS threat on Marawi now low, but military keeps eye on remnants

MANILA, Philippines – The threat from Islamic State-linked groups on Marawi City is “very low” two years since the siege erupted. “The threat posed by Maute-ISIS has gone very low after the death ...

PHILIPPINES 12:13pm, May 17, 2019
U.S. Pacific Air Forces chief visits Philippines to boost ties

MANILA, Philippines – US Pacific Air Forces commander General Charles Brown Jr is in the Philippines for several engagements with his counterparts, a signal of firm ties between the two militaries ...

2019 03:45pm, May 15, 2019
Samira Gutoc tops senatorial polls in Marawi City

MANILA, Philippines – Marawi City voters poured their all-out support to fellow Maranao senatorial candidate Samira Gutoc, making her the runaway topnotcher in their home turf. Gutoc got 40,381 ...

2019 08:35pm, May 14, 2019
Marcoses take seats in Senate, Congress, province and city

MANILA, Philippines – The Marcoses have never had it this good in a long time. Not only will Imee Marcos become a senator like her father and brother before her, the family of the late Philippine ...

2019 10:11am, May 13, 2019
Pulse Asia on voter interest: 'Mindanao is hot'

MANILA, Philippines – Compared to the rest of the country, there are more voters in President Rodrigo Duterte's home region who are “truly interested” in the midterm elections. Up to 91% of likely ...

2019 05:54am, May 13, 2019
Philippines holds midterm polls seen as final step in Duterte consolidation

MANILA, Philippines – Over 61 million Filipino voters troop to the polls beginning 6 am on Monday, May 13, to fill up 18,000 national and local positions. In many areas, voters do not really have a ...

Apr 2019
PHILIPPINES 10:34pm, Apr 17, 2019
Maria Ressa joins 'Time 100' most influential people of 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Rappler CEO Maria Ressa was named Time magazine's most influential people of 2019, joining the likes of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, music icons Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga, ...

PHILIPPINES 01:06pm, Apr 14, 2019
DNA test confirms death of Abu Dar, last surviving Maute leader

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – A DNA test confirmed the death of Owaidah Benito Marohombsar or "Abu Dar," the last known surviving leader behind the 2017 Marawi siege. Defense Secretary Delfin ...