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.

Jul 2020
PHILIPPINES 08:39am, Jul 12, 2020
In House panel report, ABS-CBN accused of favoring Robredo in 2016

MANILA, Philippines – The House committee on legislative franchises report killing ABS-CBN’s franchise bid claimed the network “clearly favored” then-Camarines Sur congresswoman Leni Robredo in the ...

PHILIPPINES 08:29pm, Jul 11, 2020
Ex-Kapamilya Legarda, Vargas explain their silence during ABS-CBN voting

MANILA, Philippines – House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda and Quezon City 5th District Representative Alfred Vargas – both of whom had careers with ABS-CBN before joining politics – did not make a ...

PHILIPPINES 10:49pm, Jul 10, 2020
Read, respect House panel's rejection of ABS-CBN franchise – Cayetano

MANILA, Philippines – Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano asked the public to read and respect the reasons of a House committee why its members ultimately junked ABS-CBN's bid for a franchise. This was the ...

PHILIPPINES 10:00pm, Jul 10, 2020
'Big blow against press freedom': ABS-CBN franchise bill authors slam panel verdict

MANILA, Philippines – Several authors of the 13 bills that would have granted ABS-CBN a franchise did not mince words against a House committee's decision to junk their measures. Cagayan de Oro City ...

PHILIPPINES 08:56pm, Jul 10, 2020
After junking franchise, House panel wants to probe ABS-CBN property, digital TV

MANILA, Philippines – The House committee on legislative franchises is not yet done with beleaguered media giant ABS-CBN. After overwhelmingly junking the network’s franchise on Friday, July 10, ...

PHILIPPINES 03:09pm, Jul 10, 2020
House committee rejects franchise for ABS-CBN

MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) – ABS-CBN, the Philippines’ largest media network will stay off-air after lawmakers rejected its franchise application. On Friday, July 10, an overwhelming majority ...

PHILIPPINES 03:05pm, Jul 10, 2020
[DOCUMENT] House panel's working group recommends rejecting ABS-CBN's franchise

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – The 3-person technical working group of the House committee on legislative franchises recommended to reject the franchise application of embattled media network ...

PHILIPPINES 07:00am, Jul 10, 2020
ABS-CBN defenders make last stand: ‘Why punish a company that did not breach laws?’

MANILA, Philippines – The defenders of ABS-CBN in the House of Representatives insisted the embattled media network deserves a franchise because government officials cleared it of any ...

PHILIPPINES 08:22pm, Jul 09, 2020
Cayetano again says ABS-CBN franchise not press freedom issue

MANILA, Philippines – Ahead of a House committee’s looming verdict on whether to grant or deny ABS-CBN's franchise application, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano once again denied this was a press freedom ...

PHILIPPINES 06:50pm, Jul 09, 2020
Party-list reps Paduano, Salo withdraw authorship of ABS-CBN franchise bills

MANILA, Philippines – Two party-list congressmen – Joseph Stephen Paduano of Abang Lingkod and Ron Salo of Kabayan – withdrew their authorship of the bills granting ABS-CBN a franchise as the lower ...