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.

Jul 2019
PHILIPPINES 04:56pm, Jul 13, 2019
Bicolano elected first Filipino head of Dominican Order

MANILA, Philippines – A Bicolano priest who served as vice chancellor of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) is now head of the global Dominican Order. Father Gerard Francisco Timoner III has been ...

IN-DEPTH 11:30am, Jul 13, 2019
Philippines loses to China 3 years after Hague ruling

MANILA, Philippines – Three years after winning against China in an international court, the Philippines is achieving the exact opposite of its legal victory over the South China Sea. President ...

PHILIPPINES 09:20pm, Jul 11, 2019
93% of Filipinos want PH to regain China-occupied islands

MANILA, Philippines – Nearly all Filipinos want the Philippines to regain China-occupied islands in the West Philippine Sea, said a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Thursday, July ...

PHILIPPINES 08:39pm, Jul 11, 2019
Philippines threatens U.N. countries hitting drug war

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Philippines threatened 18 countries, including Australia and the United Kingdom, that voted to adopt a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution ...

PHILIPPINES 03:51pm, Jul 10, 2019
U.S. denies Mina Chang is next ambassador to Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – The United States denied on Wednesday, July 10, that US State Department official Mina Chang is set to become their next ambassador to the Philippines. "We've seen this claim. ...

PHILIPPINES 09:07am, Jul 06, 2019
No need for China permit to fish, says PH lawyer in Hague case

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines' lead counsel against China denied that Manila needs Beijing's permission to fish in the West Philippine Sea, as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he ...

PHILIPPINES 10:26am, Jul 03, 2019
Recto Bank incident 'clear violation' of int'l law – PH lead counsel

MANILA, Philippines – The sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese ship in Recto Bank (Reed Bank) is a "clear violation" of international law, said the Philippines' lead counsel in its case ...

PHILIPPINES 08:59am, Jul 03, 2019
Duterte-Xi fishing deal 'cannot be enforced' – Locsin

MANILA, Philippines – Despite Malacañang asserting it is binding, Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro "Teddyboy" Locsin Jr said the verbal fishing agreement between Philippine President Rodrigo ...

PHILIPPINES 10:47pm, Jul 02, 2019
Taiwan extends visa-free privilege for PH till July 2020

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Taiwan announced on Tuesday evening, July 2, that it is extending its 14-day visa-free privilege for Filipinos until July 2020 as "a display of Taiwan's amity with ...

PHILIPPINES 06:40pm, Jul 01, 2019
Pampanga priest accused of abusing 17-year-old girl

MANILA, Philippines – The Catholic Church confirmed it has relieved a priest in Pampanga for allegedly abusing a 17-year-old girl in a church-based center for women and children. The accused priest ...