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.

Nov 2017
IN-DEPTH 11:00am, Nov 20, 2017
ASEAN 2017: A wasted opportunity for the West Philippine Sea

MANILA, Philippines – When the Philippines won a case against China over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), experts hoped the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) would rally around ...

PHILIPPINES 02:15pm, Nov 17, 2017
First Filipino-Canadian senator dies

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-Canadian Senator Tobias Enverga Jr died a sudden death on Thursday morning, November 16, his office said. Born in Lucena, Quezon, in 1955, Enverga was the first ...

ASIA PACIFIC 12:30pm, Nov 16, 2017
ASEAN avoids hitting China in Chairman's Statement

MANILA, Philippines – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) avoided hitting China in the Chairman's Statement it issued Thursday morning, November 16, as it noted the "improving ...

PHILIPPINES 03:08pm, Nov 14, 2017
Duterte, Trump hit South China Sea 'militarization'

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Donald Trump criticized the "militarization" of the disputed South China Sea as the two parties held their first bilateral ...

PHILIPPINES 08:10pm, Nov 13, 2017
Philippines, U.S. give conflicting statements on Duterte-Trump meeting

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines and the United States contradicted each other on Monday, November 13, about whether US President Donald Trump raised human rights issues in his meeting with ...

ASIA PACIFIC 07:57pm, Nov 13, 2017
ASEAN, China announce start of Code of Conduct talks

MANILA, Philippines – Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China agreed to start talks on a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, the Philippine Department of Foreign ...

ASIA PACIFIC 05:25pm, Nov 13, 2017
EU Council President Donald Tusk arrives in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – European Council President Donald Tusk arrived in the Philippines on Monday, November 13, for the EU's first time to attend the East Asia Summit (EAS), a meeting of world ...

ASIA PACIFIC 02:43pm, Nov 13, 2017
ASEAN, China: We can't take 'calmer' seas 'for granted'

MANILA, Philippines – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China vowed not to take the "calmer" situation in the South China Sea (SCS) for granted, said a draft statement set to ...

ASIA PACIFIC 01:47pm, Nov 13, 2017
ASEAN Chairman's Statement hits North Korea missile tests

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) criticized North Korea's missile tests in the Chairman's Statement issued by the Philippines on Thursday, November ...

ASIA PACIFIC 06:26am, Nov 13, 2017
ASEAN, China aim to start negotiations on sea code

MANILA, Philippines – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China will meet on Monday, November 13, expecting to start negotiations on the long-delayed Code of Conduct (COC) in the ...