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 31-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.

Jan 2019
PHILIPPINES 06:45pm, Jan 23, 2019
Comelec hits 'mind setting' after Bangsamoro plebiscite

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) warned Filipinos against "mind setting" after the Bangsamoro plebiscite, as some quarters have reportedly exploited clerical errors in ...

PHILIPPINES 11:48am, Jan 23, 2019
Comelec defers Bangsamoro vote canvassing again

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday, January 23, again deferred the canvassing of votes in the Bangsamoro plebiscite because it has not received certificates of ...

PHILIPPINES 09:38am, Jan 23, 2019
Discrepancies in Cotabato City Bangsamoro plebiscite mere 'clerical errors'

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Wednesday, January 23, that discrepancies found in two documents related to the plebiscite to ratify the Bangsamoro Organic Law in ...

PHILIPPINES 06:15pm, Jan 22, 2019
Bangsamoro plebiscite: Where did most voters show up to vote?

This page will be updated as more figures come in. MANILA, Philippines – Lanao del Sur was leading in terms of voter turnout in the Bangsamoro plebiscite, so far, said the Western Mindanao Command ...

PHILIPPINES 03:31pm, Jan 22, 2019
U.S. declares Philippines ineligible for H-2A, H-2B visas

MANILA, Philippines – The United States declared the Philippines ineligible for H-2A and H-2B American visas due to concerns that Filipinos can use at least one of these visas to overstay in America ...

PHILIPPINES 12:24pm, Jan 22, 2019
Comelec convenes to canvass Bangsamoro plebiscite

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) convened on Tuesday, January 22, to canvass the results of a plebiscite on whether to create a more powerful Muslim region in ...

PHILIPPINES 05:48pm, Jan 21, 2019
Comelec: Bangsamoro plebiscite peaceful despite delays

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said the Bangsamoro plebiscite on Monday, January 21, was "very peaceful" despite delays that affected around 8,000 voters in 24 polling ...

PHILIPPINES 02:00pm, Jan 21, 2019
DFA to privacy commission: We're in control of passport data

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) assured the National Privacy Commission (NPC) on Monday, January 21, that "all passport data is safe" and under its custody, contrary to ...

PHILIPPINES 06:30pm, Jan 15, 2019
DFA: 'No assurances on safety' of some passport data

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Tuesday, January 15, that it "can give no assurances" on the safety of "some data" related to Philippine passports, as a ...

2019 06:15pm, Jan 15, 2019
Daraga, Cotabato placed under Comelec control

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced on Tuesday, January 15, that it has placed the town of Daraga in Albay, and the City of Cotabato, under its control for this ...