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 2020
RAPPLER IQ 06:42pm, Jul 13, 2020
What you need to know about people's initiative

MANILA, Philippines – The House panel's rejection of ABS-CBN's new franchise put forward several proposals to hold lawmakers accountable and change the system. Some remind the public to vote ...

PHILIPPINES 05:36pm, Jul 10, 2020
Darker days ahead: Rights groups slam rejection of ABS-CBN franchise

MANILA, Philippines – Human rights groups on Friday, July 10, slammed the House panel's rejection of the ABS-CBN franchise, calling it yet another proof of President Rodrigo Duterte's abuse of ...

PHILIPPINES 03:17pm, Jul 10, 2020
Duterte created 'dangerous fiction' vs rights defenders – CHR report

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte made human rights work in the Philippines deadly through his dangerous pronouncements since 2016, said a national inquiry by the Commission on Human ...

PHILIPPINES 03:03pm, Jul 08, 2020
Children's rights groups demand justice for 15-year-old killed in Ilocos Sur

MANILA, Philippines – Children's rights advocates condemned the recent killing of a 15-year-old girl in Ilocos Sur after she filed a molestation complaint against a cop in a neighboring town. The ...

PHILIPPINES 04:35pm, Jul 07, 2020
3 months on, families still waiting for SC to act on prisoners' release

MANILA, Philippines – Through letters and blue ribbons, families of political prisoners on Tuesday, July 7, renewed their calls for the Supreme Court to release their loved ones amid the coronavirus ...

PHILIPPINES 07:32pm, Jul 03, 2020
'Stealth declaration of martial law': Rights groups slam Duterte, anti-terror law

MANILA, Philippines – Human rights groups condemned President Rodrigo Duterte and the anti-terror law which poses "dangerous" threats to Philippine democracy. Karapatan said Duterte's latest move ...

Jun 2020
PHILIPPINES 07:47pm, Jun 30, 2020
CHR: Duterte's strong-arm approach contributes to culture of impunity

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Human Rights on Tuesday, June 30, said the Duterte administration's "overreliance on a strong-arm approach" has largely contributed to the culture of impunity ...

PHILIPPINES 06:47pm, Jun 30, 2020
'Further chilling effect:' U.N. rights chief urges Duterte not to sign anti-terror bill

MANILA, Philippines – United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday, June 30, urged President Rodrigo Duterte not to sign the 2020 anti-terror bill into law and ...

PHILIPPINES 06:24pm, Jun 30, 2020
U.N. rights chief: Duterte drug war 'without due regard for the rule of law'

MANILA, Philippines – United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday, June 30, said that President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has led to "serious human ...

PHILIPPINES 11:34am, Jun 30, 2020
'Far from collateral damage:' Report shows 122 children killed in Duterte's drug war

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte's violent anti-illegal drug campaign claimed the lives of at least 122 children from July 2016 to December 2019, a report by human rights groups ...