Franco Luna
Franco Luna

Franco Luna was a reporter for Philstar.com from 2019 to 2023. He covered the police, transportation, and local governments, but is passionate about persons with disabilities. He was 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 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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Jeepney routes reopened as Metro Manila struggles with transport shortage
by Franco Luna - December 29, 2022 - 4:00pm
"We have anticipated that there will be increased demand in public transportation, hence the opening of more routes to meet that demand," LTFRB Chairman Teofilo Guadiz III said.
Transport group urges DOTr: Rethink privatization of EDSA Carousel
by Franco Luna - December 29, 2022 - 9:50am
"We know that the interest of the private sector is how to increase revenue while lowering their operating costs and wages for their workers. So when what should be a public service like the EDSA Carousel is handed...
DOTr to privatize EDSA carousel to 'conform to international standards'
by Franco Luna - December 28, 2022 - 2:03pm
“The DOTr will continue to improve the services and infrastructure of the EDSA Busway. The EDSA Busway must conform to international standards. There’s a lot to do here,” Bautista was quoted as...
PIDS: 'Grueling commuter experience' remains after Build, Build, Build
by Franco Luna - December 23, 2022 - 9:59am
"It is also evident that commuters' woes remain given the incidents on train delays, the reports on long queues and congestion, and the data on high load factors."
Transport group: Oil price hike, commuter lines, congested roads require pro-people solutions
by Franco Luna - December 19, 2022 - 10:23am
"The government needs to get down to the level of the people so they can see where the problem really is. Filipinos cannot just wait for six to ten years for new railways when the condition of our commuters and drivers...
House OKs GUIDE bill financing small businesses on final reading
by Franco Luna - December 16, 2022 - 3:51pm
“It is essential that these enterprises are given necessary access to credit and financial assistance. It is hereby declared the policy of the State to protect employment and assist distressed enterprises to...
DOTr's Bautista gets CA panel approval
by Franco Luna - December 13, 2022 - 3:08pm
"Here's a fellow that doesn't need to go through the learning curve...We need him to focus on his job," Zubiri said as he vouched for President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s pick for the position.
DTI: P500 price guide meant to be 'advocacy' to show goods still 'in reach'
by Franco Luna - December 12, 2022 - 3:17pm
"It is not a recommendation. Those social cards that were uploaded on our social media accounts were just our advocacy campaign. We were actually just telling consumers that if you use the Noche Buena price guide,...
Youth sexual abuse survivor group hits 'spurious' DepEd abuse hotline
by Franco Luna - December 12, 2022 - 12:31pm
“We are extremely disappointed and troubled after being led to believe that Vice President and concurrent DepEd Secretary Sara Duterte was on top of the problem but is clearly more focused on painting a rosy...
Rights group hits Qatari authorities, FIFA for 'callous' response after OFW death
by Franco Luna - December 9, 2022 - 3:25pm
"The FIFA and Qatari authorities’ responses exemplify their entities’ longstanding disregard for migrant workers’ lives, repeated obfuscation of key facts, and the failure to take responsibility...
Beep card operator denies accusations of profiteering as shortage slows commute
by Franco Luna - December 6, 2022 - 3:30pm
"In the general scheme of things, it would be a big help if the DOTr could build a system that can be trusted, because when there's these kinds of news, people will have doubts. So instead of shifting...
Hontiveros urges border control, coordination with states to stop trafficking of Pinoys
by Franco Luna - December 1, 2022 - 12:33pm
"Border control should also be tightened here in the Philippines to make sure that we do not let our countrymen fall into the hands of syndicates," Hontiveros said. 
Push for nuclear energy to face 'vibrant discussion' at Senate
by Franco Luna - November 30, 2022 - 4:47pm
"We also need to conduct a thorough evaluation of potential sites for the power plant and waste storage. Can this technology be efficiently utilized in an archipelagic country such as the Philippines?" Senate Majority...
DOTr urged to look for alternatives to Beep card as shortage hits commuters
by Franco Luna - November 30, 2022 - 11:06am
"They said the supply is not enough, how come they are able sell it in their stores in online shopping platforms for a much higher price?" Digital Pinoys national campaigner Ronald Gustilo said.
Hontiveros: Immigration officials linked to trafficking of Pinoys to Myanmar for crypto scam
by Franco Luna - November 29, 2022 - 4:13pm
"The plot gets thicker. And not only does the plot thicken, it looks like we have heard this plot before. It feels like I have déjà vu," Hontiveros said in Filipino in her opening statement at Tuesday's...
Anti-drug raids to continue with over 24k 'drug personalities' arrested under Marcos — DILG
by Franco Luna - November 29, 2022 - 2:10pm
"BIDA will also focus on supporting drug addicts so that they can completely change their lives [but] the raids on drug dens and the police and other authorities' pursuit of drug lords, financiers and drug peddlers...
Metro Manila public transportation among the worst in the world: study
by Franco Luna - November 25, 2022 - 11:58am
“As cities tackle these issues… they should make modern mobility systems a core part of their strategies,” noted the study. “Efficient and equitable mobility networks are key engines of urban...
BOC commits to deliver abandoned balikbayan boxes by mid-December, lawmaker says
by Franco Luna - November 24, 2022 - 4:45pm
"In our meeting today with BOC, we are happy to get BOC’s commitment to deliver all these balikbayan boxes to the homes of our OFWs by mid-December. Albeit delayed, we are glad that our OFW families will finally...
World Bank: Philippines has one of the widest wealth gaps in East Asia
by Franco Luna - November 24, 2022 - 2:50pm
“Inequality of opportunity and low mobility across generations wastes human potential and slowdown innovation, which is crucial for building a competitive and prosperous economy that will in turn improve the...
Commuter group urges DOTr: Make commuting safer by increasing supply
by Franco Luna - November 23, 2022 - 4:16pm
"This only means that no legitimate new supply for road public transport has been introduced for the past fifteen years, with the exception of P2P buses and premium vans,” said Rebecca Padilla, convenor of...
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