Michael Bueza


Michael Bueza left a top IT company in 2013 to become part of Rappler's Research Team, where he gets to process data, create interactive maps and share trivia on a regular basis.

He has immersed himself in news and general information since he picked up his first newspaper at age 8. Back when he was a student, he was almost always at the library after classes or during breaks, reading TIME Magazine and perusing encyclopedias (both hard-bound ones and those installed on computers).

At Rappler, Michael has worked on various data sets: elections, EDSA bus stops, even beauty pageants. And he's excited to wrangle more data to better understand the world.

Among his dream projects: a database of every elected and appointed government official in the Philippines.

At home, Michael has a box full of finished books, another boxload of books in his reading queue, and a list of books he will buy in due time. One cool bookshelf or even his own library? Soon.

Sep 2018
PHILIPPINES 02:43am, Sep 15, 2018
3 dams release water due to Typhoon Ompong

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – At least 3 dams in northern Luzon have released water due to the threat of flooding because of heavy rains spawned by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) on Saturday, September ...

2019 01:57pm, Sep 08, 2018
Filing of candidacy for 2019 elections from October 1 to 5, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has set the period of filing of candidacies for the May 13, 2019, midterm elections. Aspiring bets should file their Certificate of ...

2019 01:52pm, Sep 08, 2018
Comelec sets 25% ballot shading threshold for 2019 polls

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has set at 25% the threshold for the shading on ballots to be considered in electoral protests in the 2019 midterm elections and in future ...

FAST FACTS 08:26pm, Sep 07, 2018
On the Trillanes case: Who is Judge Elmo Alameda?

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The judge who handled the rebellion case against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and 17 others in relation to the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege is no stranger to ...

Jul 2018
RAPPLER IQ 10:02pm, Jul 23, 2018
Gloria Arroyo's firsts as House Speaker

MANILA, Philippines – Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo became the first female Speaker of the Philippines' House of Representatives, a feat that she earned in a bizarre leadership revamp in ...

PHILIPPINES 10:44am, Jul 21, 2018
SWS says Filipinos 'neutral' on proposed Bangsamoro law

MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos remain "neutral" on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Friday, July 20. The proposed law became ...

RAPPLER IQ 01:55pm, Jul 16, 2018
9 representatives' net worth more than doubled in 2017

MANILA, Philippines – The net worth of 9 House representatives more than doubled in 2017 versus 2016, according to their Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs). The biggest ...

RAPPLER IQ 02:07pm, Jul 15, 2018
When ex-presidents skip the SONA

Editor's Note: Rappler first published this piece in July 2016. Rappler is republishing it this year in line with President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd State of the Nation Address. MANILA, Philippines ...

Jun 2018
NEWSBREAK RICH MEDIA 11:00am, Jun 29, 2018
'A whiff of corruption, you're out': Notable Duterte admin exits and reappointments

MANILA, Philippines – "Even just a whiff of corruption, and you're out." President Rodrigo Duterte's tough stance on corruption has cost the jobs of many government officials. Some of them were fired ...

PHILIPPINES 10:00pm, Jun 23, 2018
Who's 'Winston' Gatchalian? PCOO makes another online blunder

MANILA, Philippines – The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) has committed another online blunder – its third mistake in just over a week. This time, it was the name of a senator ...