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Veteran broadcast journalist Miguel "Mike" Castro Enriquez has passed away.

Veteran broadcast journalist Miguel "Mike" Castro Enriquez has passed away. He was 71.

“It is with profound sadness that GMA Network announces the passing of our beloved Kapuso, Mr. Miguel "Mike" C. Enriquez, who peacefully joined our Creator on August 29, 2023,” according to a statement released by GMA Network.

Enriquez started his broadcasting career in 1969 at the Freedom Broadcasting Network and Radio Mindanao Network (RMN), where he became vice president and board member. He then transferred to GMA in 1995 to lead its radio division and expansion.

Enriquez served as the news anchor of GMA’s flagship newscast, “24 Oras,” and hosted its long-standing public affairs program, “Imbestigador,” for over 20 years. Additionally, he worked as a radio anchor for “Super Balita sa Umaga” and “Saksi sa Dobol B” of DZBB. He also held executive roles, including president of RGMA Network and senior vice president and consultant for radio operations at GMA Network.

Throughout his 54-year career as a journalist, he has received multiple accolades, such as a gold medal at the 2003 New York Festivals for “Saksi,” a silver medal at the US Film and Video Festival for a documentary about the 2004 Iraq War, and “Most Trusted Radio Presenter” nine times by Reader’s Digest.

But in 2018, Enriquez underwent a heart bypass and kidney disease treatment, followed by a kidney transplant in 2021. He was able to return to work in time for the 2022 national elections but “went off-air three months after the election.”

LEAGUE is one with the nation in commemorating the media icon’s significant and indelible contribution to society.

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