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.

Apr 2018
RAPPLER IQ 09:30am, Apr 21, 2018
EXPLAINER: Paano nakakaltasan ng boto sa recount si Robredo?

MAYNILA, Pilipinas – Hiniling kamakailan ni Bise Presidente Leni Robredo sa Korte Suprema na pigilan ang "sistematikong pagbaba" (systematic decrease) ng mga boto niya sa muling pagbilang ng mga ...

PHILIPPINES 03:31am, Apr 20, 2018
EU Parliament calls for end to EJKs in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – The European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on the Philippines to end extrajudicial killings in its anti-drug campaign, release detained Senator Leila de Lima, and ...

PHILIPPINES 05:20pm, Apr 18, 2018
Cayetano: PH eyeing protest vs China planes on Mischief Reef

MANILA, Philippines – Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said on Wednesday, April 18, that the Philippines is considering filing a diplomatic protest against China over the reported sighting of ...

PHILIPPINES 02:35pm, Apr 17, 2018
Bureau of Immigration releases Australian nun Patricia Fox

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday afternoon, April 17, released Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox nearly a day after she was arrested. The BI announced this ...

PHILIPPINES 02:27pm, Apr 17, 2018
Duterte critics slam detention of 71-year-old Australian nun

MANILA, Philippines – Critics of President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, April 17, slammed the detention of 71-year-old Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox at the Bureau of Immigration (BI) for ...

PHILIPPINES 10:12pm, Apr 16, 2018
Bishop fears crackdown amid Australian nun's detention

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said he fears a crackdown on government critics after the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Monday, April 16, detained an Australian nun ...

PHILIPPINES 08:05pm, Apr 16, 2018
Bureau of Immigration detains Australian missionary nun

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Monday, April 16, detained 71-year-old Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox, said the news service of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the ...

PHILIPPINES 01:51pm, Apr 16, 2018
Saudi OFW allegedly forced by employer to drink household bleach

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the Philippines is "closely monitoring" the condition of Agnes Mancilla, an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Saudi Arabia whom her ...

PHILIPPINES 09:15pm, Apr 11, 2018
Duterte, Xi give 'go signal' to craft joint exploration framework

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping have given the "go signal" for their countries to craft a framework for joint exploration in the West ...

PHILIPPINES 12:20pm, Apr 11, 2018
Philippines eyes limiting Boracay tourists after 6-month closure

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government said on Wednesday, April 11, that it is considering to limit the number of Boracay tourists once the world-famous beach reopens after 6 ...