Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara is set to file a resolution expressing the Senate’s profound sympathy and sincere condolences on the passing of veteran broadcast journalist Miguel “Mike” Enriquez.
“The nation lost an icon in broadcast journalism with the passing of Mike Enriquez. For decades his voice on radio was a morning staple and the was the face of prime time news television for many Filipinos,” Angara said.
The senator said Enriquez raised the bar in broadcast journalism particularly in the morning news radio that made him an icon in the Philippine media industry.
Enriquez passed away on Aug. 29, 2023 at the age of 71.
In his draft resolution, Angara paid tribute to Enriquez for his “storied career as one of the faces and voices of GMA Network’s news and public affairs program,” which includes the TV programs Saksi, Imbestigador, 24 Oras and the radio program Saksi sa Dobol B over Super Radyo DZBB.
“Enriquez served as a steward of journalistic integrity—always eager to deliver factual and unbiased news even in the face of calamities, disasters and emergencies, and always vigilant against crooks and erring officials as evidenced by his famous quote, ‘Hindi namin kayo tatantanan,’” Angara said in his resolution.
Enriquez’s career began in 1969 with the Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) while still studying Liberal Arts in Commerce at the De La Salle University. This led him to other broadcasting stints with the Freedom Broadcasting Network and Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) before eventually transferring to GMA Network in 1995.
As a senior vice president, consultant of GMA Network’s radio operations group, and president of Radio GMA Network Inc., Enriquez was also a multi-awarded journalist.
Among his numerous accolades and recognitions are the Silver Camera Award in 2004 and the 2011 US Film and Video Festival for his documentary “Iraq: In the Navel of War” and for Imbestigador, respectively.
Enriquez was also a recipient of the Golden Dove Award for Best Male Newscaster and the Ka Doroy Valencia Broadcaster of the Year Award in 1999, as well as the Media Excellence Award from BizNewsAsia and multiple Most Trusted Radio Presenter Awards from the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands Awards.
Angara said he is confident Enriquez’s legacy as one of the most admired and respected personalities in broadcast media will be remembered and celebrated by millions of Filipinos here and abroad.
“And his passion in bringing credible and trustworthy news to all will serve as a foundation and inspiration, not just to his colleagues, but also to young Filipinos aspiring to become journalists themselves,” the senator said.