Paterno Esmaquel II


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Paterno Esmaquel II received his baptism of fire at Probe Productions Inc, the independent production company behind the first investigative news magazine on Philippine television. In the 10-person group behind the weekly show Probe, Paterno learned to perform the duties of at least 5 people in a TV production team – researching, field producing, transcribing, writing, and video editing.

When Probe ended its 24-year run, he moved to GMA News Online, the official news website of broadcast giant GMA Network Inc. His job as a news producer required him to report with speed as well as perspective on a daily basis.

Paterno’s training now helps him shoot, write, edit, and tweet for Rappler as a multimedia reporter. He covers religion and foreign affairs.

A 30-year-old journalist, Paterno graduated with a communication degree from the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Manila University. In college, he served as associate editor of the school newspaper The Guidon, and did his internship with the investigative news magazine Newsbreak.

Seven years after college, he finished his master's degree in journalism under a full scholarship at the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism, also at the Ateneo de Manila University.

Paterno, a former sacristan and catechist, loves to read books and watch shows about the Catholic faith and Jesuit spirituality. His interests also include Philippine culture and education. He sees himself doing only one thing aside from journalism: teaching.

Jul 2017
PHILIPPINES 06:48pm, Jul 24, 2017
Give us back Balangiga bells, Duterte tells U.S.

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte told the United States on Monday, July 24, to return the iconic bells that led to a 1901 massacre, the US military's worst single defeat in the ...

PHILIPPINES 09:00am, Jul 23, 2017
Have faith in your own product, outgoing UK envoy tells PH

MANILA, Philippines – Spending his last days as British ambassador to the Philippines, seasoned diplomat Asif Ahmad urged Filipinos to take pride in their country as a "jewel" for ...

PHILIPPINES 06:05pm, Jul 22, 2017
Aquino says dispute with China can't be fixed 'now na'

MANILA, Philippines – Former president Benigno Aquino III said there is no quick-fix solution to the Philippines' dispute with China over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), as it is crucial ...

PHILIPPINES 09:11am, Jul 22, 2017
How PH reaps fruits of Quezon's kindness to Jews

MANILA, Philippines – In the 1930s, the Philippines under President Manuel L. Quezon welcomed up to 1,200 Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazi regime. Quezon "agreed out of his moral conviction," ...

PHILIPPINES 02:11pm, Jul 21, 2017
Top China diplomat Wang Yi to visit Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will make a rare trip to the Philippines next week, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs announced Friday, July 21. In a media ...

PHILIPPINES 07:36am, Jul 21, 2017
Two U.S. lawmakers slam Duterte in drug war hearing

MANILA, Philippines – Two US lawmakers slammed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in a hearing on Thursday, July 20, about alleged abuses in the war on drugs waged by the Philippine ...

PHILIPPINES 10:42pm, Jul 20, 2017
U.S. lawmakers probe Duterte's bloody drug war

MANILA, Philippines – US lawmakers conducted a hearing on Thursday, July 20, about alleged abuses in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. The hearing was conducted by the Tom Lantos ...

PHILIPPINES 11:00am, Jul 19, 2017
Aquino doubts Ramon Ang will destroy Inquirer's image

MANILA, Philippines – Former president Benigno Aquino III aired his views on Tuesday, July 18, about businessman Ramon Ang's plan to buy the country's leading broadsheet, the Philippine Daily ...

PHILIPPINES 12:14am, Jul 19, 2017
EU lawmakers visit PH to check human rights

MANILA, Philippines – Lawmakers from the European Union flew to the Philippines to check the human rights situation in the country, the head of this EU delegation said Tuesday, July 18. The ...

IN-DEPTH 08:02am, Jul 16, 2017
The silent hero behind the Philippines' case vs China

MANILA, Philippines – Days after the Philippines won its case against China on July 12, 2016, seasoned diplomat Henry Bensurto Jr recalled a touching email from a junior officer of the Department of ...