Paterno Esmaquel II

pat.esmaquel@rappler.com

PATERNO ESMAQUEL II

Follow him on Twitter via @paterno_II
Email him at pat.esmaquel@rappler.com

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.

Jun 2019
PHILIPPINES 09:20am, Jun 18, 2019
Locsin raises PH boat sinking at U.N., hits sea 'felony'

MANILA, Philippines – Foreign Secretary Teodoro "Teddyboy" Locsin Jr raised at the United Nations (UN) the sinking of a Filipino boat by a Chinese ship in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), ...


PHILIPPINES 07:22pm, Jun 17, 2019
Duterte dismisses PH boat sinking as 'maritime incident'

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – President Rodrigo Duterte broke his silence on Monday, June 17, about the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese ship in the West Philippine Sea (South ...


PHILIPPINES 06:40pm, Jun 17, 2019
No major decision reached after Duterte execs meet on Recto Bank

MANILA, Philippines – Cabinet members reached no major decision after meeting on Monday afternoon, June 17, on the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese vessel in the West Philippine Sea ...


PHILIPPINES 01:04pm, Jun 17, 2019
Malacañang refutes PH boat owner: 'We can never be slaves'

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo refuted the owner of sunken Filipino fishing boat Gem-Ver, who said it feels like Filipinos "are slaves of China" who have no rights ...


PHILIPPINES 12:37pm, Jun 17, 2019
Malacañang open to Chinese claim vs Filipino fishermen

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang defended President Rodrigo Duterte's silence on the sinking of a Philippine boat by a Chinese vessel, saying he is waiting for "all the facts," including the ...


PHILIPPINES 11:42am, Jun 17, 2019
After Locsin says 'fuck int'l community,' PH runs to U.N. agency

MANILA, Philippines – A day after Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr cursed at the international community, the Philippines raised before a United Nations agency the sinking of a Filipino boat by a ...


PHILIPPINES 09:20am, Jun 17, 2019
Cabinet secretaries to meet on PH boat sinking without Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – Cabinet secretaries plan to meet on Monday afternoon, June 17, about the sinking of a Philippine fishing boat in Recto Bank (Reed Bank), in the absence of President Rodrigo ...


ASIA PACIFIC 02:50pm, Jun 16, 2019
WATCH: How a Chinese ship sank a Vietnamese boat in 2014

MANILA, Philippines – The sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese ship in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) evoked memories of a similar incident involving a Vietnamese boat in ...


PHILIPPINES 09:02pm, Jun 15, 2019
Satellite data show China ship not 'besieged' by Filipino boats

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Satellite data showed that Chinese ship Yuemaobinyu 42212 could not have been "besieged by 7 or 8 Filipino fishing boats" in Recto Bank (Reed Bank) as China claimed, ...


PHILIPPINES 06:27pm, Jun 15, 2019
Locsin calls West Philippine Sea a 'juvenile' name

MANILA, Philippines – Foreign Secretary Teodoro "Teddyboy" Locsin Jr on Saturday, June 15, criticized as "juvenile" the use of the name "West Philippine Sea" to refer to part of the South China Sea ...