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.

Sep 2017
PHILIPPINES 09:20pm, Sep 24, 2017
Marawi mayor gets emotional seeing houses inside battle area

MARAWI CITY, Philippines – When his vehicle moved deeper into the battle area in his neighborhood of Barangay Dansalan, Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra imagined the faces of his neighbors as he ...

PHILIPPINES 05:45pm, Sep 24, 2017
2 Vietnamese fishermen killed in West PH Sea incident

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Two Vietnamese fishermen were killed while 5 others were arrested on Saturday, September 23, in an incident with the Philippine Navy in the West Philippine ...

PHILIPPINES 01:51pm, Sep 24, 2017
Marawi generals cross critical bridges in battle area

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines – Generals leading the fight against local terror groups in Marawi City crossed the remaining critical bridges in the battle area Sunday morning, September 24, to mark a ...

PHILIPPINES 03:42pm, Sep 23, 2017
Black-clad armed men harass towns outside Marawi

MARAWI CITY, Philippines – Black-clad armed men are feared massing up in towns near Butig in Lanao del Sur, hometown of the leaders of the Maute Group that attacked nearby Marawi City. In the town ...

PHILIPPINES 07:24am, Sep 23, 2017
Marawi battle area shrinks as troops enclose 3rd bridge

MARAWI CITY, Philippines – The Philippine military is poised to control all critical bridges in the battle area in Marawi City, as it begins to occupy buildings located past the eastern mouth of ...

PHILIPPINES 04:28pm, Sep 22, 2017
Rescued Marawi priest Father Chito wants to hold mass

MARAWI CITY, Philippines – The military said former Maute hostage Father Teresito "Chito" Soganub is already planning to hold mass. "Nagbabalak po siyang mag-misa. Gusto niyang mag-misa (He's ...

PHILIPPINES 08:29am, Sep 22, 2017
Mighty Corporation will pay for Marawi rehab – Duterte

MARAWI CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte said he will fund the rehabilitation of Marawi City using money from "guys who didn’t turn over their proper taxes" like Mighty Corporation, the ...

PHILIPPINES 07:13am, Sep 22, 2017
Only a moron would say I 'surrendered' to Marcoses – Duterte

MARAWI CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte distanced himself from the Marcoses on Thursday, September 21, as the country marked the 45th year since Martial Law was declared by the late ...

PHILIPPINES 07:50pm, Sep 21, 2017
Martial law will be lifted after clearing operations in Marawi – Duterte

LANAO DEL SUR, Philippines (UPDATED) – On his 5th visit to Marawi, President Rodrigo Duterte said martial law in Mindanao will be lifted as soon as the military clearing operations in Marawi is ...

PHILIPPINES 07:35pm, Sep 19, 2017
Marawi priest Chito Soganub speaks of 'one God' for Christians, Muslims

MARAWI CITY, Philippines – Raising his hand towards the heavens, like he was preaching, rescued Maute Group hostage Father Teresito "Chito" Soganub spoke about the "commonalities" between ...