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.

Jun 2020
PHILIPPINES 02:42pm, Jun 28, 2020
Peñafrancia processions canceled due to COVID-19

MANILA, Philippines – Local government and church authorities have cancelled the traditional processions for the Feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, patroness of the Bicol Region, as a precautionary ...

PHILIPPINES 09:46pm, Jun 16, 2020
After verdict on Maria Ressa, world puts Duterte on trial

SINGAPORE (UPDATED) – While Rappler’s Maria Ressa lost in a Manila court, her guilty verdict on Monday, June 15, opened the door to another kind of trial, this time before the world. The cyber libel ...

PHILIPPINES 11:54am, Jun 16, 2020
U.S. should resist Maria Ressa verdict – Washington Post

MANILA, Philippines – The internationally acclaimed Washington Post called on the US government to show “much greater resistance” against the guilty verdict on Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, as the ...

PHILIPPINES 06:25pm, Jun 15, 2020
Why democracies should push back vs Maria Ressa verdict

SINGAPORE – From a rickety courtroom in Manila, the guilty verdict on Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa and former researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr is expected to make ripples in the United ...

IN-DEPTH 08:45am, Jun 14, 2020
Do coronavirus restrictions threaten religious freedom?

MANILA, Philippines – On May 22, US President Donald Trump made a controversial threat to his country’s governors. He warned that they should reopen churches, or else. “The governors need to do the ...

PHILIPPINES 10:49am, Jun 12, 2020
Duterte's first foreign secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr dies

MANILA, Philippines – Lawyer Perfecto Yasay Jr, the first foreign secretary of the Duterte government, died on Friday, June 12, Malacañang confirmed. He was 73. "We extend our heartfelt condolences ...

PHILIPPINES 01:28pm, Jun 05, 2020
Ateneo priests, La Salle brothers join forces vs anti-terror bill

MANILA, Philippines – Leaders of traditionally competing Catholic schools joined forces on Friday, June 5, to protest an anti-terror bill that critics warn can be used to quell dissent against the ...

PHILIPPINES 03:45pm, Jun 03, 2020
Catholic, Protestant leaders condemn anti-terror bill

MANILA, Philippines – Catholic and Protestant leaders in the Philippines condemned a proposed anti-terror law that critics fear can be used to curtail dissent in the guise of fighting terrorism. In ...

PHILIPPINES 07:35pm, Jun 01, 2020
Philippines, Singapore ease lockdowns but here's the difference

SINGAPORE – While the Philippines and Singapore are both easing their coronavirus lockdowns at the start of this month, the two countries are miles apart in stopping the spread of COVID-19 while ...

May 2020
PHILIPPINES 04:49pm, May 24, 2020
Replays of Masses not 'invalid' amid pandemic, says Bishop David

MANILA, Philippines – A prominent Catholic bishop contradicted a viral social media post claiming it is “invalid” for Catholics to watch replays of Masses during the coronavirus pandemic, as it is a ...