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 2019
PHILIPPINES 01:00pm, Oct 10, 2019
CHR: Reviving death penalty will lead to cycle of violence in PH

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Thursday, October 10, urged the public to resist any move to reimpose the death penalty in the Philippines, warning that capital ...

PHILIPPINES 12:12pm, Oct 10, 2019
U.N. expert: PH drug war designed to show off Duterte's 'arbitrary power'

MANILA, Philippines – A United Nations expert on Thursday, October 10, slammed President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-illegal drugs campaign as a sham as it did not address the root problems. Philip ...

PHILIPPINES 05:26pm, Oct 09, 2019
Masbate town vice mayor dies in Manila ambush

MANILA, Philippines – A Masbate vice mayor was shot dead on Wednesday morning, October 9, while having breakfast outside a house in Manila. According to a police report, Batuan Vice Mayor Charlie ...

Sep 2019
GLOBAL AFFAIRS 05:30pm, Sep 29, 2019
Maria Ressa reminds journalists: An attack on one is an attack on all

HAMBURG, Germany – Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa on Saturday, September 28, urged the public to do the right thing amid blatant undermining of press freedom and democracy around the ...

ABOUT RAPPLER 09:49am, Sep 29, 2019
Rappler investigation into war on drugs wins 2019 Global Shining Light Award

HAMBURG, Germany – A Rappler investigative series on President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-illegal drugs campaign won the 2019 Global Shining Light Award of the Global Investigative Journalism ...

PHILIPPINES 02:38pm, Sep 23, 2019
Martial Law museum set to open by 2022

MANILA, Philippines – A museum remembering the horror and state oppression under the brutal dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos is set to be built inside the University of the Philippines – more than ...

GLOBAL AFFAIRS 08:45pm, Sep 22, 2019
Be decision-makers, ex-New Zealand PM Clark urges youth

MANILA, Philippines – Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark urged the youth to become highly involved in the decision-making process, aside from sharing their views and pushing for their ...

PHILIPPINES 06:37pm, Sep 18, 2019
Makabayan lawmakers push higher budget for CHR amid 'climate of injustice'

MANILA, Philippines – Legislators belonging to the Makabayan bloc on Wednesday, September 18, urged the House of Representatives to increase the 2020 budget of the Commission on Human Rights amid ...

INSIDE TRACK 05:11pm, Sep 09, 2019
Bato dela Rosa to CHR: Ask NPAs to release minors since 'mas close kayo'

Senator Ronald dela Rosa, the "face" of President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war, wants help from the Commission on Human Rights. On Monday, September 9, the former Philippine National Police (PNP) ...

PHILIPPINES 01:48pm, Sep 09, 2019
CHR's proposed 2020 budget moves to Senate plenary

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate finance committee on Monday, September 9, approved the proposed budget for the Commission on Human Rights for 2020. The proposed P819.665 million for 2020 is now ...