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 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 ...

PHILIPPINES 07:51am, Sep 07, 2018
Little-known fact: AFP chief Galvez got amnesty for 1989 failed coup

MANILA, Philippines – Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez Jr was a rebel in his younger years – a little-known fact that came to light after the government voided ...

PHILIPPINES 09:00am, Sep 06, 2018
Esperon knows Trillanes quit military before amnesty

MANILA, Philippines – Documents from the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) show that the “ipso facto resignation” of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV ...

PHILIPPINES 06:00pm, Sep 03, 2018
PH military asks communities to step up amid spate of bombings

MANILA, Philippines – Amid the spate of bombings in Mindanao, the military is asking communities to discreetly report hideouts of local terrorists and notify authorities about suspicious activities ...

Aug 2018
PHILIPPINES 11:02am, Aug 31, 2018
Lorenzana backtracks on Russian submarines

MANILA, Philippines – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has backtracked on the urgency of acquiring Russian submarines amid concerns raised against the plan. “It is still in the planning stage,” ...

PHILIPPINES 11:09pm, Aug 30, 2018
PH Navy warship runs aground in Palawan

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – One of the Philippine Navy's most capable warships ran aground in Palawan Wednesday night, August 29, according to the military. The Western Command is conducting ...

PHILIPPINES 12:05pm, Aug 19, 2018
Mom of Marine killed in Marawi tears up at memorial rites

MANILA, Philippines – Silence fell over the room full of Filipino Marines when Mercy Savellano teared up as Armed Forces chief of staff General Carlito Galvez Jr held her hands and spoke to her for ...

PHILIPPINES 03:48pm, Aug 17, 2018
AFP creates 3 court martial tribunals

MANILA, Philippines – Armed Forces chief General Carlito Galvez Jr on Friday, August 17, said he created 3 court martial tribunals as he issued a stern warning against corruption and ...

PHILIPPINES 06:50pm, Aug 13, 2018
AFP probes up to P200M worth of hospital contracts

MANILA, Philippines – Armed Forces of Philippines chief General Carlito Galvez Jr said the corruption probe into the military’s main hospital has yet to be completed and involves up to P200 million ...

PHILIPPINES 10:12am, Aug 11, 2018
US Marine missing in Sulu Sea

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – A US Marine was reported missing in the Sulu Sea, triggering an "all-hands" rescue operation in an area where local terrorist group Abu Sayyaf Group operates. "A ...