Jet Damazo-Santos

Jet decided she wanted to become a journalist when she became the news editor ofThe Guidon, the student newspaper of the Ateneo de Manila University, where she studied under a full scholarship. After an internship at the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and graduating with Ateneo’s Raul Locsin Award for Student Journalism in 2001, she joined Newsbreak magazine. There, under the tutelage of Rappler's current senior editors, she received recognition for her work from the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility’s Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism and other award-giving bodies.

She later took a slight detour and joined the Asian Development Bank's external communications department, but was eventually drawn back to journalism – this time in Jakarta. At the Jakarta Globe, a leading English-language news company in Indonesia, she started out as a copy editor but was soon promoted to news editor, then associate editor, and later headed the web desk. In between all this, she moonlighted as a writer and photographer for various magazines and publications throughout the region, and even had a short stint as a political and security risk consultant.

A Jakarta resident since 2008, she's now a fan of Indonesia's Padang food but still misses isaw and bibingka, and tries to bring back as much bagoong and banana ketchup as she can whenever she flies from Manila to Jakarta.

May 2015
ASIA PACIFIC 08:48am, May 21, 2015
Will world now pressure Myanmar over the Rohingya?

JAKARTA, Indonesia – As relief greeted Malaysia and Indonesia’s announcement that they would stop turning away boatpeople, Human Rights Watch warned that the problem would repeat itself unless the ...

NEWS 02:14pm, May 06, 2015
Mary Jane Veloso conveys her gratitude to Aquino, Jokowi

JAKARTA, Indonesia (UPDATED) – Mary Jane Veloso herself wants to thank both Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III for her last-minute reprieve, her ...

INDONESIA 10:31am, May 06, 2015
TIMELINE: The day Mary Jane Veloso was spared

JAKARTA, Indonesia – With contradicting claims regarding what really happened when Mary Jane Veloso was miraculously granted an 11th-hour reprieve by Indonesia, Rappler has put together a detailed ...

INDONESIA 06:32pm, May 04, 2015
Mary Jane Veloso’s legal case: What’s next?

JAKARTA, Indonesia – After Mary Jane Veloso’s 11th-hour reprieve on April 29, the next question is: What happens now? At the time, Indonesian Attorney General H.M. Prasetyo only stated that the ...

BLOG 07:30am, May 02, 2015
Mary Jane Veloso and being on different sides of the elephant

Who really saved Mary Jane Veloso from execution that fateful night? The Philippine government has been patting its back for the last-minute diplomatic tactics employed to save her. But Celia ...

Apr 2015
INDONESIA 02:12pm, Apr 29, 2015
How Mary Jane Veloso's sisters learned of her fate

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia – Darling Veloso and Maritess Veloso-Laurente, Mary Jane's sisters who were on Nusakambangan Island when the executions of foreigners were carried out, were not given advance ...

NEWS 09:38am, Apr 29, 2015
Migrante: Let’s bring Mary Jane Veloso home

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (UPDATED) – After the dramatic 11th-hour stay of execution granted to Mary Jane Veloso, migrant worker groups say it’s now time to shift efforts from just saving her from the ...

INDONESIA 05:52pm, Apr 28, 2015
Velosos urge Jokowi to cancel Mary Jane's execution

CILACAP, Indonesia – "Is it true, did Kristina really surrender? My daughter won't be executed?" Celia Veloso said as soon as she arrived at the small inn the family is lodged in. The Veloso family ...

INDONESIA 10:20am, Apr 28, 2015
Family prepares for Mary Jane Veloso's final day

CILACAP, Indonesia – It's early Tuesday morning, April 28, and Maritess Veloso-Laurente is doing things she hoped she never would. She's making preparations for the wake of her sister, Mary Jane ...

INDONESIA 09:51am, Apr 27, 2015
PH ambassador: Back-channel talks going on for Mary Jane

CILACAP, Indonesia – Despite calls for a harsher response to Indonesia's handling of Mary Jane Veloso's case, the Philippine government maintains it will not issue threats of diplomatic ...