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.

May 2017
PHILIPPINES 12:11am, May 28, 2017
Jesuit leader says martial law 'fraught with danger'

MANILA, Philippines – Father Antonio Moreno, head of the Jesuit religious order in the Philippines, voiced concern about President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of martial law in Mindanao, saying it ...

PHILIPPINES 09:41pm, May 27, 2017
EU defends aid with conditions: It's our taxpayers' money

MANILA, Philippines – The European Union defended its practice of setting conditions in exchange for aid, which the Duterte administration refuses because it is supposedly a way of meddling in ...

PHILIPPINES 05:06pm, May 27, 2017
PH cancels 5th round of talks with communist rebels

MANILA, Philippines (5th UPDATE) – The Philippine government (GRP) announced on Saturday, May 27, that it will no longer join the scheduled 5th round of peace negotiations with communist rebels. In ...

PHILIPPINES 07:52pm, May 26, 2017
Mindanao bishops declare 'martial law must be temporary'

MANILA, Philippines – The Catholic bishops of Mindanao said on Friday, May 26, that martial law in Mindanao "must be temporary" as they vowed to condemn any abuse of military rule. "We have many ...

PHILIPPINES 02:04pm, May 26, 2017
Ramos fears 'more harmful' martial law under Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – Former president Fidel V. Ramos said on Friday, May 26, that he fears a "more harmful" martial law to come if President Rodrigo Duterte expands military rule to the entire ...

PHILIPPINES 11:58pm, May 25, 2017
Admit ISIS presence in Philippines, analyst says

MANILA, Philippines – A leading terror analyst urged the Philippine government to admit Islamic State (ISIS or IS) presence in the Philippines, as the country is now the global terror group's ...

PHILIPPINES 08:30pm, May 25, 2017
EU: We won't beg PH to take our money

MANILA, Philippines – The European Union stressed on Thursday, May 25, that it will not "beg" the Philippines to accept European aid, as there "is no lack of other countries" to help if the ...

PHILIPPINES 06:30pm, May 25, 2017
Christian churches slam martial law in Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines – Christian churches slammed President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of martial law in the whole of Mindanao, and urged Duterte to lift military rule in the island group. "The ...

PHILIPPINES 08:25pm, May 24, 2017
Will martial law continue even after Marawi crisis?

MANILA, Philippines – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana hinted on Wednesday, May 24, that it is possible for martial law to continue in Mindanao even after the crisis triggered by terrorist attacks ...

PHILIPPINES 06:30pm, May 24, 2017
AFP chief Año named martial law administrator

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, May 24, announced that he has named Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief General Eduardo Año as martial law administrator in ...