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Inday Espina-Varona

Varona was born in Manila, Philippines and attended the University of the Philippines in Quezon City to study journalism. She began her career as a reporter at the Visayan Times, a local newspaper in Bacolod City before moving to the national dailies in Manila.   As investigative news chief of the Manila Times, she directed a number of project that won awards including a series on Filipino children suffering from tuberculosis and telecommunication firms ignoring consumers’ problems. She won the country's top prize for investigative journalism in 2007 and has been a consistent finalist for explanatory and investigative reports. The former chair of the National Union of Journalist of the Philippines was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University in 2005-2006. 

Articles by Inday Espina-Varona (1)

  • Why the frontrunner in the Philippines presidential race gets away with rape jokes

    Do Filipinos view rape as a joking matter? Rodrigo Duterte, the Mayor of Davao who jokes about rape and killings, has widened his lead over rivals ahead of the May 9 presidential election, according to a nationwide poll released Tuesday.  Weeks after Duterte’s controversial remarks earlier this month, he continues to draw mammoth crowds. His supporters aggressively go after his critics, spamming the online hotlines of women’s groups and swamping social media with nationalist rants.