Jodesz Gavilan

Jodesz Gavilan initially wanted to be a lawyer. But here she is now, working as a writer/researcher at Rappler.

Her first exposure to journalism was through the tabloids and broadsheets her grandfather always asked her to buy from the neighborhood stand. She would often take her time walking back home just to finish reading the articles on each page.

Jodesz, however, only got involved in the field when she took up journalism at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Aside from studying the craft, she also taught campus journalism to high school and elementary students as part of the UP Journalism Club.

In 2013, she took part in Rappler's senatorial elections coverage as an intern. A year after, barely out of college, she joined Rappler as an official employee.

Jodesz wants to achieve a lot of things. But right now, she just wants people to correctly spell her name.

May 2017
RAPPLER IQ 08:36pm, May 28, 2017
FAST FACTS: Poverty in Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines – Clashes between government forces and members of the Maute Group forced thousands of families to flee Marawi City in Lanao del Sur. They left their homes and livelihood with ...

PHILIPPINES 06:20pm, May 28, 2017
CHR to Duterte: Rape is never a joke

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) condemned President Rodrigo Duterte's latest remarks about rape, made in front of troops, and reminded government forces that they must ...

PHILIPPINES 10:59am, May 25, 2017
Amnesty Int'l urges 'utmost restraint' in martial law enforcement

MANILA, Philippines – Human rights groups on Thursday, May 25, urged the military to exercise “utmost restraint” in implementing martial law in Mindanao. Amnesty International called on security ...

PHILIPPINES 09:55pm, May 24, 2017
Duterte 'fires' DDB chair: You do not contradict your own gov't

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, May 24, "fired" Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Chairperson Benjamin Reyes for "contradicting" the number of drug users in the ...

PHILIPPINES 06:30pm, May 24, 2017
CHR reminds gov't: Protect human rights in martial law implementation

MANILA, Philippines – While condemning the attack in Marawi City, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Wednesday, May 24, reminded the government to uphold human rights as it implements martial ...

RAPPLER IQ 03:35pm, May 16, 2017
FAST FACTS: Tobacco funds in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos has been accused of misusing the tobacco funds allotted to her farmer-constituents. House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas on May 3 said that ...

PHILIPPINES 09:22pm, May 13, 2017
Duterte's SALN: P3M from extra campaign donations

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday, May 13, said that the additional P3 million he accumulated in the last 6 months since he assumed the presidency was from excess campaign ...

RAPPLER IQ 08:00pm, May 13, 2017
In the PH drug war, it's likely EJK when...

MANILA, Philippines – The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte has been haunted by issues related to his intense anti-illegal drug campaign. An “unprecedented” rise in the number of deaths in ...

PHILIPPINES 05:05pm, May 10, 2017
CHR recommends charges vs cops over secret jail cell in Tondo

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) "with utmost urgency" recommended before the Office of the Ombudsman the filing of administrative and criminal charges against police in ...

PHILIPPINES 02:10pm, May 10, 2017
Human Rights Watch slams Cayetano for defending 'the indefensible'

MANILA, Philippines – Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday, May 10, called Senator Alan Peter Cayetano's opening statement before United Nations (UN) member countries a "master-class in innovative ...