Mara Cepeda


Mara covers the Office of the Vice President and the House of Representatives for Rappler. She previously reported on the education and health sectors. During the 2016 elections, Mara trailed the presidential campaign of then-vice president Jejomar Binay.

Mara graduated cum laude from the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Communication. She was the editor-in-chief of The Guidon, the university's official student publication.

In her spare time, Mara loves to read books, binge-watch her favorite TV shows, and dance around the room like no one's watching.

Jul 2019
PHILIPPINES 09:20pm, Jul 23, 2019
Makabayan lawmakers' protest materials confiscated before SONA

MANILA, Philippines – Several protest materials used by Makabayan lawmakers and their guests as part of their Filipiniana attire were confiscated ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte's 4th State of ...

PHILIPPINES 03:47pm, Jul 23, 2019
New House Minority Leader wants ‘critical collaboration’ with admin

MANILA, Philippines – Newly elected House Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante Jr wants his bloc to have an “objective, critical collaboration” with the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. The ...

PHILIPPINES 01:29pm, Jul 23, 2019
Benny Abante is new House Minority Leader

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Manila 6th District Representative Bienvenido “Benny” Abante Jr has been elected House Minority Leader of the 18th Congress. Twenty-three of the 27 legislators ...

PHILIPPINES 12:22pm, Jul 23, 2019
Cayetano suspects PHISGOC allegations linked to speakership race

MANILA, Philippines – Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said on Monday, July 22, that allegations of corruption against the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), which he chaired, were ...

PHILIPPINES 10:44am, Jul 23, 2019
Cayetano secures speakership after Duterte siblings heed dad’s decision

MANILA, Philippines – Taguig City-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano secured the speakership after two of President Rodrigo Duterte’s children agreed not to block his bid for the post. On ...

PHILIPPINES 05:09pm, Jul 22, 2019
LP, Makabayan blocs back Benny Abante for House minority leader

MANILA, Philippines – Opposition lawmakers from the once-ruling Liberal Party (LP) and the progressive Makabayan bloc have endorsed Manila 6th District Representative Bienvenido “Benny” Abante Jr as ...

PHILIPPINES 02:55pm, Jul 22, 2019
LIST: House committee chairmanships for 18th Congress

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The House of Representatives has formed 3 committees under the 18th Congress as of Tuesday, July 23. These are the committees on appropriations, accounts, and ...

PHILIPPINES 02:35pm, Jul 22, 2019
Cayetano wants to change people's 'hate for Congress'

MANILA, Philippines – Freshly minted Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano wants the public's negative perception of Congress to change now that he is leading the House of Representatives. "We will do what ...

PHILIPPINES 12:23pm, Jul 22, 2019
House votes as Duterte wished: Alan Peter Cayetano is new Speaker

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Riding on the endorsement of President Rodrigo Duterte, Taguig City-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives ...

PHILIPPINES 06:21pm, Jul 19, 2019
No more coup? Cayetano says Paolo Duterte agreed to be deputy speaker

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Taguig City-Pateros Representative and Speaker aspirant Alan Peter Cayetano said presidential son and Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte has ...