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.

May 2019
2019 05:03pm, May 21, 2019
Comelec, SC ‘bastardized’ party-list system – opposition lawmakers

MANILA, Philippines – A week after the May 13 elections, opposition legislators said there is a need to revisit the country’s party-list system law, arguing that the Commission on Elections ...

2019 02:35pm, May 21, 2019
Pangilinan's resignation 'a sign of humility' – Liberal Party execs

MANILA, Philippines – Ranking members of the once-ruling Liberal Party (LP) said there was no clamor for Senator Kiko Pangilinan to resign as party president, maintaining the leadership still trusts ...

2019 11:07am, May 21, 2019
LP leaders Pangilinan, Belmonte resign after Otso Diretso loses elections

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Two high-ranking members of the once-ruling Liberal Party (LP) have tendered their resignation from their posts in the party, citing “command responsibility” after ...

PHILIPPINES 06:30pm, May 20, 2019
House approves bill requiring ROTC for Grades 11, 12

MANILA, Philippines – As it reopened session, the House of Representatives approved on 3rd and final reading the controversial bill making the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program ...

PHILIPPINES 05:05pm, May 20, 2019
Crisologo hits QC police: Don't allow them to 'arrogantly violate our rights'

MANILA, Philippines – Bingbong Crisologo, Quezon City 1st District representative and defeated mayoral candidate, did not mince words against the city police who arrested him on the eve of the May ...

INSIDE TRACK 04:11pm, May 20, 2019
Minority lawmakers Garbin, Atienza trade barbs over EDSA provincial bus ban

Things got a little heated between two allies in the House minority bloc over the longstanding issue of traffic in Metro Manila. On Monday, May 20, AKO Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr was ...

2019 02:40pm, May 20, 2019
Andaya loses to Villafuerte for Camarines Sur governor

MANILA, Philippines – Representative Rolando Andaya Jr failed in his bid to unseat as governor of Camarines Sur the son of his archrival. Miguel Villafuerte, who ran under the ruling Partido ...

PHILIPPINES 01:45pm, May 20, 2019
Lawmakers on EDSA provincial bus ban: 'Give it a chance'

MANILA, Philippines – Two congressmen are in favor of implementing the provincial bus ban along EDSA, urging the public and their colleagues in the House of Representatives to "give it a chance" to ...

PHILIPPINES 10:35pm, May 19, 2019
Even after House coup, Alvarez wants to be Speaker again

MANILA, Philippines – Reelected Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez wants another shot at the speakership. The ousted leader of the House of Representatives confirmed this ...

PHILIPPINES 12:30pm, May 19, 2019
Filipinos block people online over political views – U.S. think tank

MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos may be "comfortable" with discussing politics on social media, but they have also blocked someone over political views, a new study by the Pew Research Center ...