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.

Feb 2019
PHILIPPINES 01:20pm, Feb 08, 2019
63 out of 67 barangays in Cotabato to join Bangsamoro region

MANILA, Philippines – The Bangsamoro won additional territory in Cotabato, with the "yes" vote winning in 63 out of 67 barangays that petitioned to join the new region. This was based on the final ...

Jan 2019
IN-DEPTH 06:35pm, Jan 29, 2019
A tale of two cities: Why Catholics took opposing sides in Bangsamoro plebiscite

MANILA, Philippines – One church. Two opposing votes in the historic plebiscite for the new Bangsamoro region in Muslim Mindanao. Known to vote as one on key national issues, the Catholic Church ...

PHILIPPINES 08:23am, Jan 22, 2019
76% of Filipino Muslims say MILF capable of governing BARMM – SWS

MANILA, Philippines – A big majority of Filipino Muslims are confident the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is “capable” of governing the proposed new Muslim region that will enjoy wider powers ...

PHILIPPINES 07:57pm, Jan 15, 2019
Bangsamoro vote: Disenfranchisement of Marawi evacuees feared

MANILA, Philippines – Many displaced Marawi residents might not be able to cast their votes for the plebiscite on Monday, January 21, said Maranao civic leader Samira Gutoc. Gutoc recalled the ...

IN-DEPTH 09:00am, Jan 08, 2019
6 scenarios for the Bangsamoro vote

COTABATO CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – On January 21 and February 6, various areas in Mindanao will vote to approve or reject Republic Act 11054 or the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) that will create ...

PHILIPPINES 07:00am, Jan 05, 2019
Duterte urged to do more to win Bangsamoro vote

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is being urged to give more vocal support for the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) to boost its chances of victory in the plebiscite this ...

Dec 2018
PHILIPPINES 11:28am, Dec 25, 2018
2 Christmases later, Marawi hostages wait in vain for Duterte's promises

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte himself promised them livelihood assistance and scholarship for the children when he met them in Marawi City in October 2017, when they were rescued ...

PHILIPPINES 05:00pm, Dec 23, 2018
Galvez appointment as Duterte adviser signals new peace mindset

COTABATO, Philippines – A retired general took on the role of top presidential adviser on peace, signaling President Rodrigo Duterte's new mindset on how to deal with the country's rebel ...

PHILIPPINES 04:13pm, Dec 20, 2018
Future Bangsamoro gov’t urged to give Marawi a special focus

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman on Wednesday, December 19, said the new Bangsamoro government, if ratified by the people in 2019, ...

PHILIPPINES 08:18pm, Dec 11, 2018
'Indescribable feeling,' says descendant of Filipino who rang Balangiga bell in 1901

MANILA, Philippines – Balangiga town resident Nemesio Duran, 81, craned his neck from his seat at the grandstand at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, for his first glimpse of the Balangiga Bells ...