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.

Dec 2019
PHILIPPINES 11:32am, Dec 23, 2019
How to resume talks with communist rebels? January meeting to set agenda

MANILA, Philippines – Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria Sison said they are eyeing a formal meeting with government representatives in January to discuss how ...

PHILIPPINES 09:49pm, Dec 22, 2019
Duterte gives peace another chance, names Medialdea in panel with communists

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte gave peace talks with communist rebels another chance as he reconstituted a peace panel with communist guerrillas and named his trusted executive ...

Oct 2019
PHILIPPINES 10:36pm, Oct 19, 2019
Is your Marawi property gone? Check this aerial video

LANAO DEL SUR, Philippines – Two years after the battles, construction is poised to begin inside the former battle area in Marawi City. Debris clearing is almost complete, according to the private ...

PHILIPPINES 12:45pm, Oct 17, 2019
Former commander honors Marawi siege dead

MARAWI CITY, Philippines — “This is the time to remember their names one by one,” said former Marawi commander Carlito Galvez Jr. In a solemn ceremony inside the 103rd Infantry Brigade, he joined ...

PHILIPPINES 10:39am, Oct 17, 2019
Marawi reconstruction poised to begin – finally

MARAWI CITY, Philippines – A 3-storey structure on a patch of reclaimed land here stands with pockmarked walls and gaping holes – grim reminders of the fierce battles that razed the city to the ...

Sep 2019
PHILIPPINES 02:12pm, Sep 07, 2019
'We are not surrendering': Tears, prayers as MILF begins large-scale disarming of forces

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines – In parts of Muslim Mindanao where gun battles are common, firearms are the most prized possession of men. Emotions are running high here as the Moro Islamic Liberation ...

PHILIPPINES 09:41am, Sep 07, 2019
Government wants MILF to give up more weapons

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) scrambled to collect more weapons on the eve of the decommissioning ceremony on Saturday, September 7, to increase the number of ...

PHILIPPINES 03:40pm, Sep 06, 2019
'There is another life coming,’ Murad tells MILF fighters before disarming

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – BARMM chief minister Murad Ebrahim promised thousands of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters that the leadership will support their transition to civilian ...

Jul 2019
IN-DEPTH 10:00am, Jul 06, 2019
Duterte at midterm gets high grades for keeping Mindanao promise

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – Cotabato City, the seat of power of the newly created Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), is bursting with activities these days. Booking a hotel ...

Jun 2019
PHILIPPINES 03:24pm, Jun 29, 2019
Suicide bombing? Attack on Sulu military camp similar to Jolo Cathedral blast

MANILA, Philippines – The military said that the twin bomb attacks on a military camp in Sulu's Indanan town on Friday, June 28, showed a similar pattern to the attack on a Roman catholic church in ...