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 2019
RAPPLER IQ 09:00pm, Jul 17, 2019
On U.N. resolution vs drug war killings: What if Duterte blocks review?

MANILA, Philippines – The Duterte administration has been on the defensive since the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution seeking actions against the killings carried out ...

PHILIPPINES 02:45pm, Jul 16, 2019
Factions among Duterte allies downside of his success – analyst

MANILA, Philippines – The apparent struggle between factions under President Rodrigo Duterte may prove to be a problem in the next 3 years, especially in the run-up to the 2022 elections. In a ...

RAPPLER IQ 05:39pm, Jul 15, 2019
What happened when the U.N. reviewed Venezuela's human rights situation?

MANILA, Philippines – The United Nations human rights office led by its High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet is expected to initiate a comprehensive review of the situation in the Philippines any ...

PHILIPPINES 12:20am, Jul 12, 2019
CHR says U.N. resolution vs drug war 'opportunity' to improve PH situation

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Thursday, July 11, urged the Philippine government to see the United Nations resolution as an opportunity to improve the human rights ...

PHILIPPINES 09:12pm, Jul 11, 2019
Groups hail U.N. resolution vs drug war: 'Crucial step towards justice'

MANILA, Philippines – Groups on Thursday, July 11, welcomed the resolution adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) against drug war killings in the Philippines. In a statement, ...

PHILIPPINES 07:00pm, Jul 11, 2019
U.N. rights council adopts resolution vs PH drug war killings

MANILA, Philippines – The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Thursday, July 11, adopted a resolution which lays out several key actions against the rising killings in the Philippines, ...

PHILIPPINES 06:37pm, Jul 09, 2019
Martial Law victims, kin: Still no justice, full compensation after decades

MANILA, Philippines – It's been 44 years since Lamberto Guinto disappeared following his arrest in Mabalacat, Pampanga, but justice, even in the form of compensation, still remained ...

PHILIPPINES 05:50pm, Jul 09, 2019
Martial Law victims' U.S. lawyer deserves fee – ex-CHR chair

MANILA, Philippines – American lawyer Robert Swift and his team deserve the attorney's fee for the long legal battle for compensation of Martial Law victims, said former Commission on Human Rights ...

PHILIPPINES 04:30pm, Jul 09, 2019
U.S. lawyer Swift: 'No doubt' Marcos family knows where ill-gotten wealth are

MANILA, Philippines – American human rights lawyer Robert Swift urged the Philippine government not to give up on finding other ill-gotten wealth and properties obtained by the family of the late ...

PHILIPPINES 11:46am, Jul 08, 2019
PH drug war killings reach 'threshold of crimes against humanity' – report

MANILA, Philippines – The human rights violations under President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-illegal drugs campaign have “reached the threshold of crimes against humanity,” Amnesty International ...