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Franco Luna
Franco Luna

Franco Luna has been a reporter for Philstar.com since 2019. He covers the police, transportation, and local governments, but is passionate about persons with disabilities. He is a fellow under the Philippine Fact-check Incubator, an Internews initiative to build the fact-checking capacity of news organizations in the Philippines and encourage participation in global fact-checking efforts. 

In 2021, he became one of the youngest Filipino journalists to be named a panelist at the prestigious Jaime V. Ongpin Journalism Seminar, an annual event that recognizes journalists for outstanding work, for his reporting on the national government's militaristic pandemic response amid the enhanced community quarantine. Before reporting for Philstar.com, Franco wrote for The GUIDON, the official student publication of Ateneo de Manila University where he completed his communication degree. He served as Associate Editor for The GUIDON.

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Transport group wants law allocating portion of Public Transport Consumers Tax for drivers
by Franco Luna - May 20, 2022 - 5:54pm
"The transport modernization program has still [yet] to affirm government financial assistance for incapable transport operators to raise enough [funds] to purchase a replacement of old PUV units to modernized jeepneys,"...
Transport groups protest rumored re-appointment of DOTr's Tugade
by Franco Luna - May 20, 2022 - 2:15pm
"They didn't just fail to resolve our problems in transportation, but they also added to them," LTOP president Orlando Marquez said in Filipino at the press conference, referring to Tugade's term.
MMDA says Metro Manila traffic may breach pre-pandemic level by June
by Franco Luna - May 19, 2022 - 5:38pm
"There are still no classes now, so if we do have face-to-face classes in June, we can expect the number to increase. And it looks like we'll breach the 405,000 which was the pre-pandemic level," MMDA chairman Romando...
Cebu Pacific says viral post bashing Robredo 'purely speculative' but will be addressed 'internally'
by Franco Luna - May 17, 2022 - 10:26am
"Sensitive company information and operational details must not be disclosed publicly – even when factual and more so, if erroneous to prevent the spread of disinformation," Cebu Pacific wrote in its stat...
For Robredo's pink movement, moving forward won't mean moving on
by Franco Luna - May 14, 2022 - 9:15am
"We lost the battle but not the war."
Short on details, QCPD says reported harassment of UP athletes 'untrue'
by Franco Luna - May 13, 2022 - 3:05pm
“While social media can serve as a perfect avenue to exercise freedom of speech and expression, there is attached accountability given that we are living in an era of fake news and misinformation. As the famous...
Comelec promises extra pay for poll workers who stayed at posts beyond voting hours
by Franco Luna - May 12, 2022 - 8:23pm
Under the Electoral Service Reform Act, honoraria should be given within 15 days from the day of the election.
Comelec: Too early to tell if Smartmatic still tapped in 2025
by Franco Luna - May 12, 2022 - 4:39pm
At a press briefing Thursday afternoon, Comelec spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco said that the Comelec's probe into the faulty vote counting machines is purely looking at which components failed or if procedural...
PNP accepts Cotabato City police explanation on torn ballots
by Franco Luna - May 12, 2022 - 2:19pm
"We have 'fact-checked' (sic.) video footages circulating on the internet wherein police officers were shown tearing some election forms," Danao said. 
CHR urges Comelec: Explain reasons for widespread glitches, delays
by Franco Luna - May 12, 2022 - 2:03pm
The Commission on Human Rights on Thursday called on the Commission on Elections to address claims of anomalies and technical difficulties that delayed the conduct of the elections and eventually cast doubt on the...
Moreno orders Manila to enforce 'no permit, no rally' rule
by Franco Luna - May 11, 2022 - 5:47pm
Under Batas Pambansa Bilang 880, demonstrators may only gather without permits at government-designated freedom parks. In Manila, those are Plaza Miranda, Plaza Dilao, Plaza Moriones and Liwasang Bonifacio.
Comelec says 'unfair' to blame PNP over viral videos of ballot-tearing
by Franco Luna - May 11, 2022 - 2:42pm
The Commission on Elections defended the uniformed personnel — ostensibly with the Philippine National Police — that figured in a viral video showing them tearing ballots that voted for Vice President...
Metro Manila cops net 105 liquor ban violators on election day
by Franco Luna - May 11, 2022 - 12:31pm
The National Capital Region Police Office arrested 105 liquor ban violators after it intensified police operations implementing the ban during the National and Local Elections 2022.   
Isko Moreno concedes presidential derby to Bongbong Marcos
by Franco Luna - May 10, 2022 - 4:25pm
"The next administration won't be successful if the resentment and bad blood continue... We need to unite and stand behind the next chosen one by the people," Moreno said in Filipino in a livestreamed press briefing...
With less than two hours left on election day, calls for extension resound amid delays
by Franco Luna - May 9, 2022 - 6:00pm
"This delay is not the fault of the voters - most of the time is spent in the queue. Let us give the opportunity to all our countrymen who want to participate to vote today," he said in Filipino. 
Voters, poll watchers question glitches as broken machines stall long lines at precincts
by Franco Luna - May 9, 2022 - 3:57pm
"I've been voting here for so long. This is the first time this has happened," she said.
Comelec, poll watchers warn against 'illegal' sample ballots distributed on election day
by Franco Luna - May 9, 2022 - 3:26pm
"Under our general instructions, campaigning is prohibiting, and if you give sample ballots, that's still sample ballots...We can go after candidates who authorize and distribute sample ballots," Garcia said in...
After early spark, a harsh comedown for Moreno's '2 joints' campaign
by Franco Luna - May 8, 2022 - 12:08am
Moreno was the consistent third-placer in the pre-election surveys up until the last one in April, when he dropped to fourth place after being overtaken by Sen. Manny Pacquiao. 
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno ends 90-day presidential campaign in Tondo bailiwick
by Franco Luna - May 7, 2022 - 8:01pm
The charismatic 47-year-old urged Filipinos to support him and his runningmate in cardiologist Willie Ong if they wanted "peace of mind."
Accessible voting precincts for PWDs a good start, but more inclusive coverage still needed
by Franco Luna - May 6, 2022 - 4:09pm
"We hope and pray in the future na hindi lang talaga sa isang sektor lang ng mga kapansanan na naka wheelchair. Lahat dapat ay included, mapa blind ka, mapa deaf ka, mapa person with mobility restrictions ka or may...
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