Patricia Evangelista is a trauma journalist and a former investigative reporter for Philippine news organization Rappler. Her reporting on armed conflict, human rights abuses and disaster has been the recipient of multiple local and international awards for exceptional journalism. She was a recipient of the Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant and a fellow of the John Logan Nonfiction Program, the Marshall McLuhan Fellowship, the New America Fellows Program, and the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. Her book, Some People Need Killing, forthcoming from Random House in October 2023, investigates the deadly drug war under former President Rodrigo Duterte. She lives in Manila.
Associate Research Scholar
Council on Southeast Asia Studies
The Impunity Series:
Murder in Manila: How a Manila gang found the license to kill. A seven-part series investigating allegations police outsourced drug war assassinations to a local Manila gang. Rappler, October 2018.
Text by Patricia Evangelista. Photos by Carlo Gabuco. Design by Dominic Gabriel Go. Edited by Chay Hofileña. With research by Lian Buan and Rambo Talabong.
This is Where They Do Not Die: The war, as we discovered, is fought in places where privilege does not extend. A multimedia investigation mapping out drug war killings in one city, establishing how class privilege determines who deserves to die. Rappler. November 2017.
Text by Patricia Evangelista. Photos by Carlo Gabuco. Mapping by David Garcia. Data Analysis by Katerina Francisco and Sofia Tomacruz. Design by Dominic Gabriel Go. Edited by Chay Hofileña. With research by Kimberly dela Cruz, Alex Evangelista and Jodesz Gavilan
In the Name of the Father: Rodrigo Duterte said ‘Let there be blood,’ and there was blood. A narrative feature of the first six months of the Philippine drug war. Rappler, December 2016.
Text by Patricia Evangelista. Photos by Carlo Gabuco. Design by Dominic Gabriel Go. Edited by Glenda Gloria. With research by Rambo Talabong.
A Halloween Massacre: On the eve of the day of the dead, five people were executed by men who decided they did not deserve to live. Rappler, November 2016.
Text by Patricia Evangelista. Photos by Carlo Gabuco. Video by Paolo Villaluna.
Execution at Cessna: According to the narrative now held acceptable under the administration of Rodrigo Duterte, Jhay Lord Clemente deserved to die. Rappler, September 2016.
Text by Patricia Evangelista. Photos by Carlo Gabuco. Design by Dominic Gabriel Go. Edited by Chay Hofileña
Danica,My Danica: She was a sweet girl, funny and kind. Her mother found her with a gunshot wound in her nape. She will always be five years old.
Text by Patricia Evangelista. Photos by Carlo Gabuco. Design by Dominic Gabriel Go. Edited by Glenda Gloria.
Pretty Girls: They were groomed, abused, and sold online. Now the children tell their story. A narrative from survivors of online child sexual exploitation, written from the perspective of the children themselves. Rappler, June 2018.
Text by Patricia Evangelista. Photographs by Carlo Gabuco. Edited by Chay Hofileña, with reporting by Michelle Abad.
Jessie’s Got a Gun: The rise and fall of the Resort’s World Gunman. An investigation of the events that led to the fatal attack on Resorts World Manila that killed thirty-eight and injured seventy. Rappler, June 2023.
Text by Patricia Evangelista. Photographs by LeAnne Jazul and Eloisa Lopez. Edited by Chay Hofileña.
Mourners of Mamasapano: They are the wives of dead rebels, the mothers of lost children, the women who watch the sky and wait for the mortars to fall. Welcome to Mamasapano, where the government’s terrorists are the men their people call heroes. Rappler, February 2015.
Text and photography by Patricia Evangelista.
Land of the Mourning: Five days after the Visayas was struck by the strongest typhoon ever recorded, Esquire writer-at-large Patricia Evangelista flew to Tacloban, Leyte, to report the aftermath. Esquire Philippines, December 2013.
Text by Patricia Evangelista. Photographs by Rick Rocomora and Carlo Gabuco. Edited by Erwin Romulo.
The Darkness of Fear: Abduction, torture and murder, wanted for numerous human rights atrocities, retired General Jovito Palparan, known as “The Butcher,” is still at large. Esquire Philippines, May 2012.
Story by Patricia Evangelista. Photos by Kiri Dalena, Geloy Concepcion, and Carlo Gabuco.
58: Families speak one year after the massacre of fity-eight people, including 32 media workers, in Maguindanao. ANC, November 2010.
Written and produced by Patricia Evangelista. Directed by Kiri Dalena. Cinematography by Luis Liwanag.
Sta. Catalina: Bombs fall from the sky. Blood spatters like rain. A small boy is killed with a bullet in his head. His name was Eithan Ando, and this is his story. Rappler, October 2013.
Written and produced by Patricia Evangelista. Directed by Paolo Villaluna. Cinematography by Raymond Amonoy