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.

Oct 2018
RAPPLER IQ 05:56pm, Oct 17, 2018
TIMELINE: Harry Roque's days of indecision on Senate bid

MANILA, Philippines – Former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Wednesday, October 15, finally sealed his bid for a seat in the Senate. Filing his certificate of candidacy (COC) with the ...

2019 05:54pm, Oct 15, 2018
Lawyer of ex-Davao Death Squad member Edgar Matobato eyes Senate run

MANILA, Philippines – The lawyer of a self-confessed hitman is gunning for a Senate seat. Lawyer Jude Sabio, through representatve Rogelio Doydora, filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) as an ...

PHILIPPINES 07:10pm, Oct 14, 2018
CHR to Duterte gov't: Fulfill duty as U.N. rights council member

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Sunday, October 14, reminded the Philippine government that being part of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council means it has ...

PHILIPPINES 06:30pm, Oct 14, 2018
Politicians least trusted to respect human rights of Filipinos – SWS

MANILA, Philippines – A recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey found that politicians are the least trusted when it comes to true respect for human rights of Filipinos. Results of a March 2018 ...

PHILIPPINES 03:42pm, Oct 10, 2018
SWS: Less than 50% of Filipinos want death penalty for 7 drug-related crimes

MANILA, Philippines – A recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey found that if there are other alternatives, less people agree with reinstating the death penalty for those who commit serious ...

RAPPLER IQ 10:15am, Oct 09, 2018
From Marcos to Duterte: How Philippine presidents handled their health problems

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte's health has been the subject of much speculation in recent months following trips to the hospital and his recent announcement that a "growth" was ...

PHILIPPINES 03:56pm, Oct 08, 2018
Church groups condemn harassment: Defending poor, powerless not a crime

MANILA, Philippines – Several religious groups on Monday, October 8, condemned the "orchestrated campaign" against church workers, peoples' organizations, and human rights activists – including ...

FAST FACTS 11:09pm, Oct 01, 2018
Latest mayor killed: Who is Alexander Buquing of Sudipen, La Union?

MANILA, Philippines – Mayor Alexander “Alan” Buquing of Sudipen, La Union, is the latest in the long list of local executives killed since 2016, under the Duterte administration. Buquing, 50, was ...

Sep 2018
PHILIPPINES 04:30pm, Sep 27, 2018
Data privacy, rights groups urge PSA to delay approval of national ID system IRR

MANILA, Philippines – Data privacy and human rights groups call on the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Thursday, September 27, to delay the approval and extend the public consultations on ...

PHILIPPINES 04:09pm, Sep 26, 2018
Groups on Trillanes arrest: Part of crackdown on gov't critics

MANILA, Philippines – Groups condemned the arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, calling it a blatant political attack of President Rodrigo Duterte against the political opposition. Human Rights ...