Mike Enriquez passes away at 71

MANILA, Philippines – GMA News and Public Affairs pillar Mike Enriquez passed away on Tuesday, August 29. He was 71.

Mike Enriquez passes away at 72

The sad news was confirmed in GMA's flagship news program "24 Oras" report.

"Malungkot pong ibinabalita ng GMA Network ang pagpanaw ng aming minamahal na Kapuso at kaibigan, si Mike Enriquez. Siya po ay 71 na gulang. Si Mike po ay halos 2 dekada natin nakasama gabi-gabi dito sa '24 Oras' at naging host ng public affairs program na 'Imbestigador'.

Si Mike po ay nagsilbing President ng RGMA Network at Senior Vice President at Consultant for Radio Operations. Siya rin po ang host ng 'Super Balita sa Umaga' at 'Saksi sa Dobol B'," 24 Oras anchor Mel Tiangco announced.

Earlier, "Mike Enriquez" trended on X (formerly Twitter) as Filipinos were awaiting confirmation of the death news of Enriquez.

In August 2018, Enriquez started to file a medical leave due to couple of ailments, which is why he hasn't been in "24 Oras" and Super Radyo DZBB but he returned after several months.

In December 2021, Enriquez took another medical leave of absence to undergo a kidney transplant, and returned to his programs in March 2022, in time for the Eleksyon 2022 coverage.

The veteran news anchor was a victim of death hoax in the past years due to his prolonged absence in his TV and radio programs.

Enriquez started his career in broadcasting as a staff announcer at the Manila Broadcasting Company in 1969.

In 1994, he joined GMA to head its radio division and expand its radio networks, with only 4 originating stations at that time.

His first TV appearance was in 1995 during the 1995 senatorial election coverage, with then broadcast journalist Karen Davila. He then anchored a 15-minute newscast together with Davila called Saksi: GMA Headline Balita.

In January 1999, Enriquez returned to radio via Super Radyo DZBB, with his new program based on his former newscast, Saksi sa Dobol B; in August 1999, he returned to Saksi, w/ his co-host in GMA Network News Vicky Morales.

In August 2000, Enriquez hosted the public affairs program entitled Imbestigador and was later named "Imbestigador ng Bayan".

On March 12, 2004, Enriquez left Saksi to re-join Frontpage anchor Mel Tiangco in GMA's newest primetime newscast 24 Oras.

Throughout his career as a news anchor, he would cover numerous news events ranging from the Payatas landslide, the eve of the Iraq War, the Funeral of Pope John Paul II Vatican, and Tacloban, which was then ravage from the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

He has been named as one of the most child-friendly personalities by the Southeast Asian Foundation for Children and thrice consecutively by the Anak TV Seal awards.

Enriquez has also won numerous awards for his work in journalism. He has been named Best Newscaster by the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) 10 times, and has also received the PMPC's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Enriquez finished degree in AB Liberal Arts in Commerce in 1973 at De La Salle College (now De La Salle University-Manila).

He has been married to Lizabeth "Baby" Yumping but they have no children.

— The Summit Express

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