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.

Jul 2018
IN-DEPTH 10:41am, Jul 22, 2018
Redux? Duterte admin recalls Arroyo policies, controversies

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte calls her "ma'am" and claims to owe her "a lot." Gloria Arroyo is back in the limelight hosting state leaders and priests to banquets after nearly 4 ...

PHILIPPINES 01:19pm, Jul 19, 2018
Marawi folks less convinced Duterte has concern for Muslims – SWS

MANILA, Philippines – A newly released Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed only 30% to 50% of Marawi residents are convinced President Rodrigo Duterte “has concern for Muslims” – much lower ...

PHILIPPINES 12:09pm, Jul 17, 2018
Chinese research vessel docks in Davao

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – A Chinese research vessel docked in Davao City Monday night, July 16, based on an online live map of ship movements. Survey vessel Yuan Wang 3 arrived in ...

PHILIPPINES 07:46pm, Jul 12, 2018
Historic visit: PH military welcomes MILF to Camp Aguinaldo

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) welcomed high-ranking Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) officials in a historic visit to Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, July ...

PHILIPPINES 05:21pm, Jul 11, 2018
Aquino vs Marcos looms in 2019 Senate race

MANILA, Philippines – Two scions of political families that have bitterly divided the Philippines for decades are finding it difficult to get to the “Magic 12” in polls for next year’s senatorial ...

PHILIPPINES 09:33pm, Jul 05, 2018
Military rejects electronic surveillance limits in draft constitution

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The military rejected a provision in the proposed new constitution seeking to limit the conduct of electronic surveillance, setting the stage for a national debate on ...

PHILIPPINES 03:57pm, Jul 04, 2018
Troops clash with BIFF in Maguindanao town center

MANILA, Philippines – Clashes between government troops and the separatist Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) reached a town center in Maguindanao on Tuesday, July 3, as the military ...

Jun 2018
PHILIPPINES 06:41pm, Jun 27, 2018
Chinese-led Bangon Marawi Consortium disqualified due to fund shortage

MANILA, Philippines – The Chinese-led Bangon Marawi Consortium (BMC) tapped for the P17.2-billion rehabilitation of Marawi City was disqualified after failing to show financial capacity to complete ...

PHILIPPINES 10:34am, Jun 27, 2018
IN PHOTOS: PH Navy arrives in Hawaii for world's largest naval exercises

MANILA, Philippines – A contingent of the Philippine Navy (PN) has arrived in Hawaii for Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), the world's largest combined naval exercises that will begin on ...

PHILIPPINES 08:31am, Jun 21, 2018
Communist rebels OK 3-month postponement of peace talks

MANILA, Philippines – The National Democratic Front (NDF) accepted President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to postpone the formal resumption of peace talks for 3 months pending the review of all signed ...