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.

Apr 2017
PHILIPPINES 04:16pm, Apr 24, 2017
Complaint vs Duterte filed before Int'l Criminal Court

MANILA, Philippines (5th UPDATE) – Filipino lawyer Jude Sabio filed a complaint against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday, April 24, for ...

PHILIPPINES 06:28pm, Apr 22, 2017
China hits PH over Lorenzana trip to Pag-asa

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – China criticized the Philippines after Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana led security officials in visiting the disputed Pag-asa Island in the West ...

PHILIPPINES 03:28pm, Apr 22, 2017
41,000 persons in uniform to secure ASEAN Summit

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Philippine National Police (PNP) said 41,000 persons in uniform will be deployed starting Monday, April 24, to secure the upcoming Association of Southeast Asian ...

PHILIPPINES 06:21pm, Apr 19, 2017
ASEAN Summit in Manila to tackle West PH Sea

MANILA, Philippines – The upcoming Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila will tackle the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) dispute among other issues, the Department of ...

PHILIPPINES 06:05pm, Apr 16, 2017
Duterte's Middle East trip to 'create 62,000 jobs'

DOHA, Qatar – President Rodrigo Duterte's 3-country trip to the Middle East will create around 62,000 jobs from $925 million in investment deals, Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said Sunday, ...

PHILIPPINES 04:03pm, Apr 16, 2017
Duterte praises Trump, calls him a deep thinker

DOHA, Qatar – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte praised US President Donald Trump as a "realist" deep thinker, saying Trump couldn't have been a billionaire if he were stupid. "Trump is a ...

PHILIPPINES 02:34pm, Apr 16, 2017
Palace denies PH troops will fight in Gulf states

DOHA, Qatar – Malacañang on Sunday, April 16, said Philippine troops will not fight in the Gulf states despite President Rodrigo Duterte's promise that the Philippines can send troops to the Middle ...

PHILIPPINES 01:58am, Apr 16, 2017
Duterte on Lucio Tan's taxes: 'He has to pay'

DOHA, Qatar (UPDATED) – President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday, April 15 (Doha time), challenged business tycoon Lucio Tan to pay his unpaid taxes as he slammed oligarchs in front of overseas ...

PHILIPPINES 02:30am, Apr 15, 2017
Duterte in Qatar for last leg of Middle East trip

DOHA, Qatar (UPDATED) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in Qatar on Friday, April 14 (Doha time), for the last leg of his 3-country Middle East trip that also brought him to Saudi ...

PHILIPPINES 09:04am, Apr 13, 2017
Saudi OFWs raise problems before 'Tatay' Duterte

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte surprised around 2,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Riyadh on Wednesday, April 12 (Riyadh time), when he opened the floor for ...