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.

Jul 2017
PHILIPPINES 09:04pm, Jul 24, 2017
'My men' can snub your probe, Duterte tells CHR, Ombudsman

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, July 24, said that he will not allow his men to be investigated for wrongdoing by the Commission of Human Rights (CHR) or the Office of ...

PHILIPPINES 07:22pm, Jul 24, 2017
Duterte hits drug war critics: 'Bakit kayo bilib diyan sa mga puti?'

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, July 24, blasted his critics who allegedly turn a blind eye on crimes in the country while supporting "Western experts" who have condemned ...

PHILIPPINES 10:24pm, Jul 19, 2017
CHR to Duterte: Be more considerate, stop rape jokes

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Wednesday, July 19, urged President Rodrigo Duterte to be more considerate regarding statements that may pave the way for more ...

FLASHBACK 03:55pm, Jul 18, 2017
Is the Inquirer's impending sale a Manila Times redux?

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Daily Inquirer is being sold to a business tycoon with close ties to President Rodrigo Duterte. Some political observers draw comparison of the impending sale ...

PHILIPPINES 12:18pm, Jul 14, 2017
HRW: Reinstatement of Supt Marcos shows 'wider impunity' in PH drug war

MANILA, Philippines – The reinstatement of the police officer who led the team implicated in the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr reflects the "wider impunity" under the Duterte ...

PHILIPPINES 07:48pm, Jul 11, 2017
Bill seeks to create 'separate and specialized' subject on human rights

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Senator Leila de Lima on Tuesday, July 11, filed a bill urging the creation of a “separate and specialized” school subject on a hot issue in the Philippines today: ...

RAPPLER IQ 06:42pm, Jul 07, 2017
FAST FACTS: Leyte and natural disasters

MANILA, Philippines – A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Leyte province Thursday afternoon, July 6, which left at least two people dead and a hundred injured. According to the Philippine Institute ...

Jun 2017
RAPPLER IQ 07:00pm, Jun 30, 2017
TIMELINE: Probing into the Davao Death Squad

MANILA, Philippines – The Davao Death Squad (DDS) was a very contested issue in the first year of the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte. It, however, has not seemed to erode the support Duterte has ...

IN-DEPTH 04:00pm, Jun 27, 2017
Human rights in Duterte's 1st year: Where do we go from here?

(READ: Part 1: 'Demonizing' human rights in the first year of Duterte) CONCLUSION MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte swore to follow the rule of law when he took his oath a year ago in ...

IN-DEPTH 04:00pm, Jun 26, 2017
'Demonizing' human rights in the first year of Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – Speak against human rights abuses and expect to be attacked by an online mob. Now imagine how intense the attack could be if you actually work for human rights ...