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 2019
PHILIPPINES 06:07pm, May 20, 2019
Long-time indigenous peoples' rights activist wins international award

MANILA, Philippines – An activist and champion of indigenous peoples’ (IPs) rights was awarded the 2019 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights. Joanna Cariño is the first Filipino to receive the prestigious ...

2019 05:02pm, May 14, 2019
Public sentiment may bring about independent Senate – political scientist

MANILA, Philippines – Public sentiment on issues may play a huge role in the possible independence of the next Senate, especially leading to 2022 elections. In an interview on Tuesday, May 14, De La ...

2019 04:00pm, May 13, 2019
NCRPO chief Eleazar: Crisologo 'humiliated, insulted' police

MANILA, Philippines – National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Major General Guillermo Eleazar said they are standing their ground against Quezon City mayoral candidate and incumbent ...

2019 02:44pm, May 13, 2019
NCRPO chief: Metro Manila elections 'heated but not violent'

MANILA, Philippines – “Heated but not violent.” That’s how National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Major General Guillermo Eleazar described the situation during the 2019 election ...

RAPPLER IQ 11:00am, May 10, 2019
MAP: Can these provinces help Duterte’s senatorial candidates win?

MANILA, Philippines – It is crunch time for candidates as the campaign period ends on Saturday, May 11. While opposition slate Otso Diretso heavily relies on volunteers, candidates of Hugpong ng ...

RAPPLER IQ 12:26pm, May 08, 2019
TIMELINE: The 'Bikoy' controversy

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The release of a series of videos tagging key members of President Rodrigo Duterte's circle as alleged members of drug syndicates made the month leading to the 2019 ...

RAPPLER IQ 09:15pm, May 07, 2019
The whistle-blowers against Duterte and his close allies

MANILA, Philippines – A man formerly known only as "Bikoy" surfaced on Monday, May 6, to reiterate his allegations against members of the close circle of President Rodrigo Duterte. In a press ...

BLOG 05:00pm, May 05, 2019
[OPINION] On the go? Listen to Rappler’s election podcasts

This is a #PHVote newsletter sent to Rappler subscribers on May 3, 2019. We’re down to the last 10 days before we troop to polling precincts on May 13! Through their votes, Filipinos will determine ...

PHILIPPINES 02:16pm, May 03, 2019
CHR: Killings prove that violent rhetoric, vilification of human rights 'deadly'

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Human Rights on Friday, May 3, condemned the “senseless killing” of Archad Ayao, the latest in a string of attacks against human rights defenders in the ...

PHILIPPINES 05:49pm, May 01, 2019
U.N. experts to PH gov't: Stop red-tagging Corpuz, human rights groups

MANILA, Philippines – Three United Nations experts on Wednesday, May 1, condemned the continuous attacks and allegations linking one of their own to the Communist Party of the Philippines ...