News Core Bulacan’s Editor-In-Chief, Carmela Reyes-Estrope, also the correspondent of Philippine Daily Inquirer in Bulacan is at the same time the current president of the Central Luzon Media Association (CLMA).


MANILA–News Core Bulacan’s Editor-In-Chief, Carmela Reyes-Estrope who is also the Correspondent of Philippine Daily Inquirer in Bulacan, was among the nineteen journalists in the country who were chosen as fellows in the Media on Humane Drug Policy 2023.  

The Drug Policy Reform Initiative (DPRI), a network of advocates advancing humane drug policies in the country released last week the names of the 19 media fellows who will undergo training in covering issues surrounding drugs, drug use, drug policies, and related issues with the aim of putting an end to stigma and harm for people whose lives include drugs. 

Here are the complete names of the 19 journalists. 

1.     Karlston Lapniten

Multimedia Journalist

Philippine Daily Inquirer, Cordillera Administrative Region

2.  Liana Apostol

Freelance Journalist

Metro Manila and Pampanga

3.  Carmela Reyes-Estrope

News Correspondent, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Bulacan

Editor-in-Chief, News Core, Bulacan

4.    Mike Navallo


ABS-CBN News, Metro Manila

5.  Marc Jayson Cayabyab

Print Reporter 

Philippine Star, Metro Manila

6. Jacob Lazaro


Philippine Daily Inquirer, Metro Manila

7. Paul Icamina


Malaya Business Insight, Metro Manila

8.  Noel Talacay


PTV4, Metro Manila

9.  Faith Argosino

Multimedia Reporter, Metro Manila

10. Rambo Talabong

Freelance Journalist, Metro Manila

11.  Kaycee Valmonte


Philstar Online, Metro Manila

12. Ghio Ong


The Philippine Star, Metro Manila

13.  Totel De Jesus

Freelance Writer/Editor, Metro Manila

14.  Jinky Lou Tabor

News Stringer, GMA 7 Bicol Region and Basilan

Station Manager, Bicol Star Teleradyo, Catanduanes

15.  Joseph Bernard A. Marzan

Senior Reporter

Daily Guardian, Western Visayas Region

16.  June Joseph Perez

News Anchor

Sibya TV, Cebu

17. Angelica Saniel

News Editor

MyTV Cebu, Region 7

18. Nef Luczon

Reporter/Regional Bureau Chief

Philippine News Agency, Northern Mindanao

19. Misel Miral-Galve

Radio Anchor & Special Projects Head

DXDC 621 RMN Davao, Davao City

“The media plays a crucial role in shaping public opinion and policy,” said Atty. Kristine Mendoza, DPRI’s lead convener. “This fellowship is a continuing conversation with the Fourth Estate to uphold journalistic integrity and ethics in ensuring that their reporting does no harm to people whose lives include drugs and instead empowers communities by amplifying their stories,” she added. 

Their training will commence on April 20. They will also undergo coaching sessions with their fellow journalists, drug policy experts, and advocates until May 2023. A seed grant will also be made available for data-gathering and publishing of their respective work. 

Estrope was earlier three times chosen as fellow by the Philippine Press Institute on major pandemic issues and concerns in 2021 and 2022 and by the UP College of Mass Communication Lopez Jaena Training on Disaster Preparedness in 2014.