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.

Nov 2017
IN-DEPTH 12:06pm, Nov 09, 2017
Press freedom: What challenges do ASEAN journalists face?

MANILA, Philippines – In the era of fake news and authoritarian governments clamping down on dissent, the fourth estate is facing serious threats around the world. Both human rights organization ...

Oct 2017
RAPPLER IQ 10:52am, Oct 30, 2017
FAST FACTS: Get to know Chinese business magnate Jack Ma

MANILA, Philippines – The 24-hour visit of Chinese business icon Jack Ma generated buzz among technology enthusiasts last week. Aside from meeting President Rodrigo Duterte and receiving an hononary ...

RAPPLER IQ 06:05pm, Oct 26, 2017
FAST FACTS: Who is new DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III?

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) is welcoming a familiar face back as its new chief. Francisco Duque III is back to his old post as DOH secretary, replacing Paulyn Ubial, whose ...

RAPPLER IQ 12:01pm, Oct 25, 2017
FAST FACTS: Who is acting Comelec chairman Christian Lim?

MANILA, Philippines – Commissioner Christian Robert Lim takes over as the acting chairman of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), after former elections chief Andres Bautista stepped down from ...

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 ...