Sofia Tomacruz


Sofia Tomacruz is a multimedia reporter at Rappler, covering health, education, and social welfare. She also writes stories on women, children, and gender issues. Before that, she was a researcher-writer at Rappler’s investigative and business sections.

In 2017, she was awarded the International Labour Organization’s Global Media Award for her coverage on fair recruitment of migrant workers.

Sofia graduated from Ateneo de Manila University in 2016 with a degree in Communication and minor in Literature.

Her interests include Philippine history, geopolitics, stationery, makeup, and practicing Barre.

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Feb 2020
PHILIPPINES 11:08pm, Feb 28, 2020
PACC's Dante Jimenez replaces Robredo as co-chair of anti-drug body

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has chosen Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) chairman Dante Jimenez to replace Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chair of the ...

PHILIPPINES 09:55pm, Feb 28, 2020
Duterte names MILF founder's son as BTA member, completing Bangsamoro gov't

MANILA, Philippines – Abdullah Hashim, son of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) founder Hashim Salamat, was named the final member of the Bangsamoro interim government, bringing its composition ...

PHILIPPINES 10:16pm, Feb 17, 2020
Duterte appoints to DOH ex-PhilHealth exec who quit over fraudulent claims

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte appointed former Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) acting president Roy Ferrer to a new post as an assistant secretary of the ...

PHILIPPINES 08:23pm, Feb 13, 2020
'Stop whining,' Locsin says after PH sends notice of VFA termination

MANILA, Philippines – Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr on Thursday, February 13, agreed with calls to reject visiting forces agreements with other countries after the Duterte government signed ...

PHILIPPINES 07:12pm, Feb 13, 2020
At least 11 Filipinos on Japan cruise ship infected with coronavirus

MANILA, Philipines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced a total of 11 Filipinos aboard a cruise ship quarantined off Yokohama, Japan, tested positive for the novel coronavirus as of ...

INSIDE TRACK 05:56pm, Feb 13, 2020
Panelo contradicts Panelo: No Trump, Duterte phone call after all

Nearing the end of a jampacked week in Malacañang, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo committed another gaffe when he contradicted an earlier statement he made about President Rodrigo ...

PHILIPPINES 01:45pm, Feb 13, 2020
Trust us, Duterte urges Filipinos amid coronavirus threat

MANILA, Philippines – With over 400 persons under investigation for the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte urged Filipinos to trust in government efforts ...

PHILIPPINES 12:44am, Feb 13, 2020
Taiwan may cancel visa-free entry for Filipinos due to PH travel ban – MECO

MANIILA, Philippines – Then chairperson of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) in Taipei warned on Wednesday, February 12, that Taiwan could cancel visa-free privileges for Filipinos in ...

PHILIPPINES 11:20pm, Feb 12, 2020
Duterte hails 'vital role' of media as Calida moves to shut down ABS-CBN

MANILA, Philippines – Days after Solicitor General Jose Calida moved to void the franchise of the Philippines' biggest network, ABS-CBN, President Rodrigo Duterte delivered an ironic speech that ...

PHILIPPINES 08:05pm, Feb 12, 2020
Comelec affirms Duterte Youth's Cardema ineligible to sit in Congress

MANILA, Philippines – It's the end of the road for Duterte Youth chairman Ronald Cardema's bid to sit in the 18th Congress as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc upheld a ruling that found ...