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.

Nov 2018
PHILIPPINES 07:56am, Nov 20, 2018
Welcome Xi Jinping? Filipinos give China 'poor' trust ratings

MANILA, Philippines – Most Filipinos continue to distrust China despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s high praises for his newfound ally, according to a September Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll ...

PHILIPPINES 03:55pm, Nov 19, 2018
AFP chief Galvez seeks OPAPP post after retirement

MANILA, Philippines – Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief General Carlito Galvez Jr said he wants to serve as consultant at the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process ...

PHILIPPINES 01:25pm, Nov 19, 2018
Military rolls out red carpet for Murad before crucial plebiscite

MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) rolled out the red carpet for Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim during his historic visit to Camp ...

IN-DEPTH 09:03am, Nov 19, 2018
Enemy at sea, friend of the chief: Philippine military navigates ties with China

MANILA, Philippines – Captain Sherwin Respeto didn't know what to feel when he and his men approached the Chinese province of Zhanjiang aboard Philippine Navy vessel BRP Dagupan City last ...

PHILIPPINES 07:47pm, Nov 14, 2018
Digital data: Filipinos trust gov’t more than private firms, says survey

MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos have “high comfort” sharing their digital data with the government even as many expressed concern over possible identity theft, according to 2018 Unisys Security ...

PHILIPPINES 05:05pm, Nov 14, 2018
Filipinos top global survey in concern over security

MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos recorded the highest level of concern over security issues, according to the newly released 2018 Unisys Security Index. The Philippines scored 232 out of 300 in the ...

2019 10:27am, Nov 14, 2018
Where does Chavit Singson live? Rival says he can’t run for Narvacan mayor

MANILA, Philippines – Ilocos Sur kingpin Luis “Chavit” Singson is a resident of Vigan and cannot be allowed to join the mayoral race in Narvacan in 2019, according to his rival Edgardo ...

PHILIPPINES 01:12pm, Nov 11, 2018
Army battalion plays key role in ending 5 clan wars in Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines – The 33rd Infantry Battalion (IB) was instrumental in ending a long-running dispute between the Mamadsali and Ayup families in Maguindanao, the 5th violent clan war the Army ...

PHILIPPINES 07:04pm, Nov 08, 2018
IN PHOTOS: Philippine Navy team returns triumphant from sea drills held in China

MANILA, Philippines – The 138-man Philippine Navy team that joined the inaugural Asean-China Maritime Exercises (Acmex) returned to Manila on Thursday, November 8, feeling triumphant over their ...

Sep 2018
PHILIPPINES 06:17pm, Sep 13, 2018
100-year-old Filipino WWII veteran tears up receiving U.S. medal

MANILA, Philippines – Assisted by an embassy staff, 100-year-old World War II veteran Technical Sergeant Sixto Navidad rose from his wheelchair to stand in attention when the national anthem of the ...