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.

Sep 2017
PHILIPPINES 09:31am, Sep 21, 2017
Philippines signs treaty banning nuclear weapons

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has signed the first legally binding international agreement to "comprehensively prohibit" and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons. Philippine Foreign ...

PHILIPPINES 08:15pm, Sep 20, 2017
'Killing of conscience' worse than killing of addicts – Bishop David

MANILA, Philippines – Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David warned against the "killing of conscience" as many Filipinos condone the killing of drug addicts in predominantly Catholic ...

PHILIPPINES 12:34pm, Sep 20, 2017
Bautista welcomes junking of impeachment complaint

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista hailed the decision of the House justice committee to junk the impeachment complaint against him because it ...

PHILIPPINES 04:10pm, Sep 19, 2017
Bishop to Duterte: Allow some Marawi families to come home

MANILA, Philippines – Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña requested President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, September 19, to allow some displaced Marawi families to return to their city, as he also urged ...

PHILIPPINES 02:29pm, Sep 19, 2017
Marawi bishop can't confirm if Soganub is now Muslim

MANILA, Philippines – Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña said on Tuesday, September 19, that he cannot confirm if his right-hand man, former Maute Group hostage Father Teresito "Chito" Soganub, has ...

IN-DEPTH 09:02am, Sep 17, 2017
Caloocan Bishop Pablo David: Shepherd of his slaughtered sheep

MANILA, Philippines – Clutching his smartphone, the bishop scrolled up as he listened to a grandmother recount the death of her grandson, Carlo Buenaventura, at the hands of motorcycle-riding ...

PHILIPPINES 07:56pm, Sep 15, 2017
Cubao bishop creates scholarship fund for drug war orphans

MANILA, Philippines – Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco announced on Friday, September 15, that he was creating a scholarship fund for children orphaned due to drug-related killings, as he urged his ...

PHILIPPINES 09:20pm, Sep 14, 2017
CHR hits House plan to use its budget for free education

MANILA, Philippines – Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Commissioner Roberto Eugenio Cadiz on Thursday, September 14, criticized the House of Representatives' plan to use his agency's budget to fund ...

PHILIPPINES 07:01pm, Sep 14, 2017
Cayetano hits UN rights chief for 'deliberate misinformation' on PH

MANILA, Philippines – Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano blasted United Nations (UN) human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein for using not only facts from the Philippine government in ...

PHILIPPINES 09:57am, Sep 14, 2017
In May UN report, PH boasted of higher CHR budget

MANILA, Philippines – Four months before the House of Representatives voted to slash the budget of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to P1,000 ($20), the Philippines was singing another tune. In ...