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.

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 ...

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 ...

PHILIPPINES 04:26pm, Jun 28, 2019
8 killed, 22 wounded in attack on military camp in Sulu

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Eight were killed while 22 others were wounded in a twin bombing attack on a military camp in Indanan town in Sulu on Friday, June 28. The two bomb carriers were ...

PHILIPPINES 04:11pm, Jun 28, 2019
Battle-scarred Philippine general leads military command fighting terrorists

MANILA, Philippines – If you see him, remember to shake his left hand. Major General Cirilito Sobejana, new commander of the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) based in Zamboanga City, has quite ...

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 ...