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.

Mar 2019
PHILIPPINES 03:11pm, Mar 19, 2019
Duterte's withdrawal from ICC an 'act of desperation' – Human Rights Watch

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte’s move to withdraw from the International Criminal Court in the face of criticism over his violent anti-illegal drug campaign shows "desperation" to ...

2019 02:45pm, Mar 07, 2019
2019 polls choice between 'better lives or doomed souls' – rights groups

MANILA, Philippines – The upcoming elections would give Filipinos an "exceptional opportunity" to address the human rights crisis and culture of impunity under the administration of President ...

2019 02:40pm, Mar 07, 2019
CHR: Drug list ahead of polls 'will only fuel mudslinging, violence'

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) warned that releasing a list of politicians allegedly involved in illegal drugs ahead of the polls would have dire consequences. "The ...

PHILIPPINES 09:55pm, Mar 06, 2019
U.N. rights chief: PH's 'drug war' not a model for any country

MANILA, Philippines – United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday, March 6, said that the violent anti-illegal drugs campaign of the Philippines should not be ...

FAST FACTS 07:46pm, Mar 06, 2019
FAST FACTS: Who is new Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Lazaro Javier?

MANILA, Philippines – Court of Appeals (CA) justice Amy Lazaro Javier is the new Supreme Court Associate Justice. She is the 7th appointment of President Rodrigo Duterte to the High Court. She ...

PHILIPPINES 05:22pm, Mar 06, 2019
CHR: Improve jail management to prevent crimes inside prisons

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Human Rights on Wednesday, March 6, urged the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) to improve jail management instead of implementing a “blanket punishment” that can ...

GLOBAL AFFAIRS 06:55pm, Mar 05, 2019
Russian bank linked to $470-B offshore network – report

MANILA, Philippines – Russia’s former largest private investment bank allegedly operated a money laundering scheme that had $470 billion worth of transactions, an investigation by 24 news groups led ...

Feb 2019
NEWSBREAK RICH MEDIA 10:14pm, Feb 19, 2019
Assess lawyers, judges regularly – IBP executive VP

MANILA, Philippines – A way to preserve judicial independence is finding an alternative to highlight a lawyer or a judge’s track record – aside from the usual endorsement letters, Integrated Bar of ...

PHILIPPINES 04:00pm, Feb 18, 2019
U.N. rights office: Maria Ressa arrest latest in ‘pattern of intimidation’ vs Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed concern over the arrest of Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa over cyber libel ...

PHILIPPINES 03:45pm, Feb 18, 2019
Families of desaparecidos slam PH plan to delist cases from U.N.

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Families of victims “strongly object” to the move of the Philippine government to have official records of enforced disappearances deleted from the United Nations ...