Patricia Evangelista, a multimedia reporter for Rappler Philippines, is a journalist who has worked across a range of platforms including television production, documentary film and multi-platform collaborative projects focused on human rights, conflict, disaster, development and public interest issues.
She graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines-Diliman with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications. At 19, she began writing for the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s opinion section. Her column ran for eight years. She has written for Rogue and UNO, and was writer-at-large for Esquire Philippines Magazine. Patricia had her start in television journalism as a production assistant for ANC, and went on to produce a number of programs and documentaries, including the groundbreaking narrative series, Storyline. Her television projects have received local awards including four Gawad Tanglaw Awards, a Catholic Mass Media Award, as well as two New York Festivals medals. In 2009, she was awarded by the Union Catholique Internationale de la Presse the Titus Brandsma Awardee for Emergent Journalism for trekking “treacherous grounds for journalists.” In 2014, she won the Agence France-Presse Kate Webb Prize for her “balanced, nuanced eye and astonishing courage” covering the standoff between the military and Muslim rebels in Zamboanga and the aftermath of super typhoon Haiyan. The international prize is awarded for exceptional journalism in dangerous or difficult conditions. In 2015, she received the Ten Outstanding Young Men in Nation’s Service (TOYM) for Journalism. In 2016, she was among the Ten Outstanding Women in Nation’s Service (TOWNS), also for Journalism.
She is a fellow of the South East Asian Press Alliance and an international fellow of the Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship for Trauma Reporting.
Not the Humanity: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the War on Drugs
The first 8 months of Rodrigo Duterte’s war against drugs has racked up a total of 7,080 deaths. Suspected dealers and users have been shot point blank. Bodies have been abandoned with heads wrapped in packing tape. Sometimes they die in the hands of the law – the 2,555 that police claim were killed in self-defense. “You cannot wage a war without killing,” Duterte said. “In the first place, I’d like to be frank with you: are they humans? What is your definition of a human being?” Those who cover the drug war have been accused of propaganda, bias and exaggeration. Patricia Evangelista, whose coverage on the war on drugs has been published as Rappler’s Impunity series, will be speaking on objectiveness, balance and neutrality in media coverage, as well as the value of humanized narratives as protest to the demonization of citizens allegedly involved in drugs. Not The Humanity is about the human cost of the drug war, describing how a war on drugs has become a massacre of people. It is about a country shifting from Asia’s freest democracy to a nation ruled by suspicion and fear – through the eyes of the people who have been told the dead are not human.