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Current logo used from 2014-2016
Genre Crime, Horror, Investigative News, Documentary, Docudrama
Created by GMA Network
Developed by GMA News and Public Affairs
Starring Mike Enriquez
Country of origin Philippines
No. of episodes 731
Running time 45 minutes
Original network GMA Network
Picture format 480i SDTV
Original release August 2, 2000 (2000-08-02) – present
Preceded by Brigada Siete (timeslot)
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Imbestigador (English: Investigator) is an investigative show broadcast by GMA Network. It tackles anomalies and inconsistencies in the Philippine government. It also 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, and GMA Network News in 1998.

It originally aired during Wednesdays from August 2, 2000 - September 26, 2001 at 11:00 p.m., then it moved to Saturdays from October 6, 2001 to July 28, 2012. From August 5, 2012 to July 13, 2014, Imbestigador aired every Sunday at 9:15PM (PHT) after Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, in observance of the show's 12th anniversary.[1] in July 19, 2014, Imbestigador returns to Saturdays,[2] in response for rival, ABS-CBN's Failon Ngayon and the newly (and recently) similarly format S.O.C.O. (Scene of the Crime Operatives). Since January 9, 2016, it now airs on Saturdays at 5:15 p.m.[3]

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", which was also hosted by Mike Enriquez with Dingdong Dantes.


The show premiered on August 2, 2000.[4] 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. The team was 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). A recently new format (while the program is still on the previous timeslot) similar to rival, ABS-CBN's S.O.C.O. (Scene of the Crime Operatives), which led to move at its current timeslot since July 19, 2014.

Expansion of social issues[edit]

From crime reports, Imbestigador expanded into an all-around investigative show. It now also featured 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 Pope John Paul II when Mike Enriquez did a special coverage regarding the pope's funeral. He also acted as a quiz master regarding the report of education, which reported the education system is weakening.[5] 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 the late former president Corazon Aquino on August 8, 2009, just seven days after her death.

A new format (while the program is still on the previous timeslot) similar to rival, ABS-CBN's S.O.C.O. (Scene of the Crime Operatives), which combines drama and reality, and led moved to it's current Saturday timeslot on July 19, 2014.[6]

In January 9, 2016, the show reverted to its original format.[3] However, the said recently reverted original format lasted for less than three months on April 2, 2016; and reverted back to it's dramatization format the following Saturday (on April 9, 2016).

Special reports[edit]

Pobreng Pinoy[edit]

Date aired: August 28, 2004[edit]

This special report tackles poverty. Out of 85 million Filipinos, ninety percent (90%) are at or under the poverty line. It features some disgusting material: poor Filipinos eating worms out of the trash. Another feature of the report covers the sale of internal organs.

It was re-aired on March 26, 2005, Black Saturday.

"Sarap, Hirap, Laganap": Valentine's Day special report, 2005[edit]

Date aired: February 12, 2005[edit]

In the 2005 Valentine's Day special report, Imbestigador indicated that Filipino lovebirds, especially married couples, typically spend the romantic holiday in very cheap motels and rarely in five-star hotels. It would result in a population explosion. Some couples had more than three children, but it explodes into about 16 or even 20 children. Having more than five children usually brings a family under the poverty line.

Pinoy, Tapat Ka Ba? (Filipinos, Are You Honest?)[edit]

Date aired: July 2, 2005[edit]

Reader's Digest conducted an honesty survey via wallet test in 2004 in the Philippines, deliberately dropping wallets containing money and identification to see if they would be returned. The results of this test suggested that 80% of Filipinos were honest. Imbestigador conducted its own wallet test for two weeks to prove again how honest Filipinos were. Out of 80 wallets dropped, 65 were returned.


Date aired: June 7, 2008[edit]

This special report tackled the current power crisis of that year.[7] It focused on why the Philippines had one of the most expensive electricity rates.


Date aired: September 18, 2010[edit]

Part 1 of the show's 10th anniversary series,[8] a special report on children as young as six years old involved in the cybersex trade, sometimes at the coercion of their own parents.

"Smuggled Pinoys"[edit]

Date aired: September 25, 2010[edit]

Tackling the issue of human trafficking, specifically Filipinos, who are smuggled to different parts of the world, delivered, exported, and sold like commodities to the highest bidders.[9]

"A Decade of Imbestigador"[edit]

Date aired: October 2, 2010[edit]

The final part of the 10th anniversary series, the episode demonstrates how the show’s catchphrase — “Hindi ka namin tatantanan!" — has also become an apt description for the show’s self-declared mission to “relentlessly help victims of exploitation and bring those accountable to justice." [10]


Now, Imbestigador has its own action center that would focus on any complaints, such as violence or corruption. It opens Mondays - Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It also has five-minute radio snippets on DZBB at 8 a.m., 11 a.m., and 4:30 p.m., Mondays to Fridays.

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