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 29-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.

Mar 2017
PHILIPPINES 03:53pm, Mar 22, 2017
Leticia Ramos Shahani: Defend the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – "We have to defend this land." In one of her last public appearances, the late Leticia Ramos Shahani urged Filipinos in a forum on October 26, 2016, to "defend our ...

PHILIPPINES 06:12pm, Mar 21, 2017
Australia vs Duterte? 'Just difference in perspective,' Abella says

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman, Ernesto Abella, denied that Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop contradicted Duterte's statement about their recent ...

PHILIPPINES 04:55pm, Mar 21, 2017
Singapore says it respects Philippines' drug war

MANILA, Philippines – Singapore on Tuesday, March 21, said it respects the Philippines' war on drugs, but declined to comment on alleged human rights abuses in the Philippine government's anti-drug ...

PHILIPPINES 11:45pm, Mar 18, 2017
Cardinal Tagle slams drug trade, launches rehab

MANILA, Philippines – Saying drugs can kill, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle condemned the illegal drug trade as he launched another drug rehabilitation program run by the Catholic ...

PHILIPPINES 06:56pm, Mar 18, 2017
Panelo: No need to inform DFA of Benham Rise deal

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte's chief legal counsel, Salvador Panelo, said Duterte did not need to inform the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) about his deal with China on ...

PHILIPPINES 02:29pm, Mar 18, 2017
SC's Carpio warns vs China station on Scarborough

MANILA, Philippines – Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio of the Philippine Supreme Court warned against China's reported plan to install an environmental monitoring station on the disputed ...

PHILIPPINES 11:18am, Mar 18, 2017
Austrian bishops slam human rights abuses in PH

MANILA, Philippines – The Austrian Catholic Bishops' Conference joined their Filipino counterparts in slamming the human rights abuses in the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte. In a ...

PHILIPPINES 09:19am, Mar 18, 2017
Australia says world can learn from Duterte victory

MANILA, Philippines – Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the world can learn from the unprecedented electoral victory of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who vowed to eliminate ...

PHILIPPINES 07:26pm, Mar 17, 2017
China to build on Scarborough Shoal – reports

MANILA, Philippines – China is preparing to build an environmental monitoring station on the disputed Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), reports said ...

PHILIPPINES 09:14am, Mar 17, 2017
EU Parliament approves call to free De Lima

MANILA, Philippines – The European Parliament adopted the call of a group of lawmakers to immediately free detained Philippine Senator Leila de Lima, the fiercest critic of Philippine President ...