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.

May 2019
2019 09:00am, May 22, 2019
Top Palawan politicians capture key posts ahead of province’s planned split

MANILA, Philippines – Ahead of the planned split of the Philippines' biggest province, top politicians in Palawan held on to key posts in the May 2019 elections. In the 5-way gubernatorial race, ...

2019 08:30am, May 22, 2019
Sibling rivalries weaken Amante, Plaza clans in Agusan provinces

MANILA, Philippines – Embroiled in sibling rivalries, the Amante and Plaza political families in Agusan provinces in Mindanao were whittled down to a few key positions in the May 2019 elections. In ...

2019 08:04pm, May 16, 2019
Dynasty members, old names capture new districts in 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Members of political dynasties and former lawmakers have comfortable leads in newly-created districts that were up for grabs in the May 13 elections, based on data from the ...

2019 04:45pm, May 15, 2019
Ang Probinsyano heading to Congress: Where did its votes come from?

MANILA, Philippines – No, it's not that hit action TV series. The Ang Probinsyano party is in 5th place, with 752,468 votes or 2.77% of the votes in the 2019 party-list race, with 96.3% of ...

2019 08:40pm, May 14, 2019
Many party-list groups win in 'home' regions, provinces

MANILA, Philippines – The 2019 elections continue to show a pattern where party-list groups get a big chunk of votes from their "home" regions and provinces. They hope to breach the 2% threshold ...

2019 12:23pm, May 14, 2019
ACT-CIS tops party-list race in Metro Manila, 5 regions

MANILA, Philippines – Topnotcher party-list group Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) won in Metro Manila and 5 other regions, based on partial, unofficial vote ...

2019 02:26am, May 14, 2019
After 7-hour glitch, Comelec transparency server sends results again

MANILA, Philippines – The transparency server of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) resumed sending unofficial results to media organizations, watchdogs, and political parties again on Tuesday, ...

2019 12:43am, May 12, 2019
Heherson Alvarez withdraws from Isabela congressional race

MANILA, Philippines – Two days before the May 13, 2019 elections, former lawmaker Heherson Alvarez withdrew from the congressional race in the 4th district of Isabela on Saturday, May 11, citing the ...

IN-DEPTH 01:00pm, May 11, 2019
Party switching: 'Perversion' of political system

CONCLUSIONREAD: Part 1 | Midterm exodus: When political butterflies switch party alliances MANILA, Philippines – Ideally, government does not need to regulate a politician's political affiliation ...

IN-DEPTH 10:19am, May 11, 2019
Midterm exodus: When political butterflies switch party alliances

First of 2 parts MANILA, Philippines – The 2019 national and local elections are just around the corner, and many politicians have jockeyed to increase their chances of winning. One technique in ...