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 2018
PHILIPPINES 08:18pm, Jan 17, 2018
Rappler slams NBI probe as 'fishing expedition'

MANILA, Philippines – Rappler slammed the Department of Justice (DOJ) for ordering the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate it for allegedly violating foreign equity rules. Justice ...

PHILIPPINES 07:50pm, Jan 17, 2018
Duterte says comfort woman statue part of free expression

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte vowed not to stop the display of a controversial statue of a World War II comfort woman or sex slave, now displayed along Manila Bay, because it is ...

PHILIPPINES 06:57pm, Jan 17, 2018
Rappler PDR investor hits Tiglao, questions SEC ruling

MANILA, Philippines – One of Rappler's foreign investors criticized former journalist Rigoberto Tiglao for saying that their company's investment in this social news network violates Philippine ...

PHILIPPINES 09:36pm, Jan 16, 2018
ASEAN parliamentarians slam SEC ruling vs Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Parliamentarians from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) slammed the ruling of the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to revoke the license of ...

PHILIPPINES 07:15pm, Jan 16, 2018
Roque says Rappler can still cover Malacañang

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Rappler can still cover Malacañang as a member of the press even after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revoked the ...

PHILIPPINES 02:05pm, Jan 16, 2018
Malacañang says DOJ can file charges vs Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang said the Department of Justice (DOJ) now has "legal basis" to file charges against Rappler after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revoked the ...

PHILIPPINES 07:28am, Jan 15, 2018
Who should draft new charter? Not Congress, Villegas says

MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos "free of vested interests," not Congress, should draft the new law of the land. This was the moral position set by one of the Philippines' most influential bishops, ...

PHILIPPINES 07:36am, Jan 14, 2018
LOOK: Marawi bishop visits destroyed cathedral for 1st time

MANILA, Philippines – Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña visited the destroyed Marawi Cathedral for the first time since terrorists inspired by the Islamic State (ISIS) desecrated it in May 2017. "It was ...

PHILIPPINES 02:01pm, Jan 13, 2018
Cayetano: Japan ties at stake over comfort woman statue

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano warned that the Philippines "long-term" relationship with Japan is at stake after the statue of a World War II comfort woman, ...

PHILIPPINES 07:59pm, Jan 12, 2018
DFA on Benham Rise: 'Same rules for all countries'

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said the same rules apply for all countries when it comes to conducting research in Benham Rise, and there should be "nothing ...