Katerina Francisco


Katerina is primarily a writer, but she dabbles in (a lot of) other things.

When she's not writing stories for Rappler, she likes to hit the streets with camera in hand. She feels strongly about heritage and culture, human rights and gender issues, and ideas that could change the world.

She graduated cum laude from Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Communication and a minor in Japanese Studies. She was the news editor of college publication The GUIDON, and got her first taste of cross-border journalism during an internship in the Netherlands in 2011.

She loves reading books, traveling and mostly getting lost, and preaching the merits of the Oxford comma.

Before joining Rappler's research and investigative team, she was a reporter on the metro beat and a writer on the production team.

Oct 2017
RAPPLER IQ 05:33pm, Oct 17, 2017
FAST FACTS: Who is Mahmud Ahmad?

MANILA, Philippines – Marawi City has been liberated after nearly 5 months of fighting between government forces and local armed groups who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS). Two ...

RAPPLER IQ 12:14pm, Oct 16, 2017
EXPLAINER: What's the reason for the 2-day transport strike?

MANILA, Philippines – Classes were suspended and government work cancelled nationwide on Monday, October 16, as transport groups launched a two-day strike to protest the government's jeepney ...

RAPPLER IQ 10:10pm, Oct 15, 2017
Pets for mental wellness: How dogs play a role in healing, therapy

MANILA, Philippines – He turns heads when he walks down the school corridors. Students stop in their tracks and break into smiles at the sight of him. His sessions at the university's guidance ...

PHILIPPINES 08:02pm, Oct 14, 2017
Justice Del Castillo on De Lima drug case: RTC has jurisdiction

MANILA, Philippines – Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo said regional trial courts (RTC) have jurisdiction over cases involving violations of Republic Act (RA) 9165 or the ...

PHILIPPINES 06:02pm, Oct 14, 2017
No abuse of discretion in arrest warrant vs De Lima – Justice Tijam

MANILA, Philippines – Contrary to the arguments of detained Senator Leila de Lima, the judge who ordered her arrest based on an illegal drugs case did not commit grave abuse of discretion, Supreme ...

PHILIPPINES 03:51pm, Oct 14, 2017
Concurring opinions: SC justices on dismissing De Lima's petition

MANILA, Philippines – Citing prematurity of the petition, forum shopping, and lack of merit, 9 Supreme Court (SC) justices voted to dismiss the petition of detained senator Leila de Lima to nullify ...

RAPPLER IQ 05:15pm, Oct 10, 2017
How does the PH fare in mental health care?

MANILA, Philippines – “Yung depression, gawa-gawa lang ng mga tao iyan. Gawa nila sa sarili nila.” (Depression, it's just something made up. People make it up for themselves.) The remark was made ...

RAPPLER IQ 03:30pm, Oct 02, 2017
Are there grounds for a president's resignation under the Constitution?

MANILA, Philippines – With a fact-finding investigation on his wealth underway, President Rodrigo Duterte issued a challenge to the Ombudsman and the Chief Justice: let's resign. Duterte said ...

ROAD SAFETY 12:00pm, Oct 01, 2017
Know the difference: Which agencies manage roads and road users?

MANILA, Philippines – Maintaining good road conditions, putting up street signs, and going after those who violate traffic rules: these are just some of the things the government needs to do to help ...

Sep 2017
RAPPLER IQ 09:30am, Sep 23, 2017
The long road to safety for ex-INC refugee claimants

MANILA, Philippines – For years, homegrown church Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) has been steadily amassing followers and building up influence in political circles. But in 2015, just a year after it ...