Imbestigador January 19, 2014
(English: Investigator) is an investigative show that tackles anomalies and inconsistencies in the Philippine government. It criticizes the corruption in the Philippine society, from overpriced items to arms smuggling, covering a wide variety of topics that sometimes include Filipino traditions and beliefs. It is a public service show that aims to inform the people of the current problems troubling the Philippines. Mike Enriquez hosts the show since he became the anchor of “Saksi” in 1995, with Karen Davila and Mel Tiangco, and “GMA Network News” with his former partner, Vicky Morales, in 1998.
It is originally aired during Wednesdays from 2000-2003 then they moved to Saturdays from 2003 to 2012. On August 5, 2012, Imbestigador is now new timeslot every Sunday at 9:15PM (PHT) after Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho starting August 5 in observance of the show’s 12th year.
The show on January 1, 2012 has “caught-up” on GMA Pinoy TV and is no longer one-week delayed due to the show being pre-empted on December 31, 2011 in lieu of “Trending 2011: The GMA News and Public Affairs Yearend Special” for 2011, which was also hosted by Mike Enriquez with Dingdong Dantes. It began with very casual crime scene reports, which continues to be the usual focus. Various crimes were featured, including kidnapping, slavery, child abuse, and various drug-related crimes. They were equipped with hidden cameras for doing entrapment operations with the help of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). From crime reports, Imbestigador expanded into an all around investigative show. It now also features various societal problems such as corruption, problems in local governments, and illegal activities. It also has done special reports regarding poverty, honesty, cleanliness, education, wasted public funds, youths, and public health and safety. It also honored the late Pope John Paul II when Arnold Clavio did a special coverage regarding the late pope’s funeral. He also acted as a quiz master regarding the report of education, which reported the education system is weakening. On their fifth anniversary special, the show acted as “Santa Claus” by giving computers to each police station in Metro Manila. It has also featured out of the country specials (in the United States, Japan, Italy, Singapore, France, and Germany). The show alongside Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho aired a live coverage of the wake of Corazon Aquino on August 15, 2009.