Mara Cepeda


Mara considers joining Rappler as her baptism of fire. She is currently covering the Office of the Vice President and writes stories about the education and health sectors.

Previously, she covered the House of Representatives. During the 2016 elections, Mara trailed the presidential bid of former 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.

Jun 2018
PHILIPPINES 01:10pm, Jun 25, 2018
Lawmakers warn anti-terrorism bill seeks to 'normalize' martial law in PH

MANILA, Philippines – Two lawmakers from the progressive Makabayan bloc warned that the proposed anti-terrorism bill was designed to "normalize" martial law in the country and "desensitize" ...

PHILIPPINES 12:36pm, Jun 22, 2018
Robredo calls out Marcos revisor for using prohibited item in VP recount

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The legal team of Vice President Leni Robredo has filed a manifestation with the Supreme Court (SC) accusing a revisor of former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos ...

PHILIPPINES 05:05pm, Jun 21, 2018
Robredo won’t be 'messiah' for opposition after Sereno ouster

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo urged the public to express their outrage after the Supreme Court (SC) ruled with finality to oust former chief justice Maria Lourdes ...

PHILIPPINES 03:20pm, Jun 21, 2018
Bongbong Marcos eyes return to Malacañang as Philippine president

MANILA, Philippines – Former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr, only son and namesake of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, is eyeing a bid to become president of the Philippines. The former ...

PHILIPPINES 08:15pm, Jun 20, 2018
Robredo's Metro Laylayan assists 10,000 beneficiaries in 1st year

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo's Metro Laylayan program provided various types of assistance to some 10,000 individuals across Metro Manila and nearby areas in its first year of ...

PHILIPPINES 03:33pm, Jun 19, 2018
House: Impeachment case vs Sereno 'moot and academic'

MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives is set to render as “moot and academic” the pending impeachment proceedings against ousted Supreme Court (SC) chief justice Maria Lourdes ...

PHILIPPINES 03:12pm, Jun 19, 2018
Affirmed Sereno ouster shows 'compromised' SC – opposition lawmakers

MANILA, Philippines – Opposition lawmakers expected the Supreme Court (SC) to affirm its ouster of former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, describing the High Court as “compromised” and a ...

PHILIPPINES 02:44pm, Jun 19, 2018
Robredo on final Sereno ouster: 'Defend what remains of democracy'

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday, June 19, urged Filipinos to strengthen their resolve to protect “what remains of our democracy” after the Supreme Court (SC) affirmed ...

PHILIPPINES 01:55pm, Jun 18, 2018
Robredo opposes Duterte proposal to arm barangay chiefs

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo disapproves of President Rodrigo Duterte's proposal to give barangay captains the power to carry firearms amid the police's ongoing anti-drug ...

PHILIPPINES 01:05pm, Jun 18, 2018
Robredo wants to extend barangay officials' terms to 5 years

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo thinks the terms in office of barangay officials should be extended from the current 3 years to 5 years. In a chance interview in Naga City on ...