Summary Of SaksiSaksi (Eyewitness) is a news broadcast of GMA Network that airs late at night in the Philippines. It is played according to the format of newscast, live action, and citizen journalism. From year 1995-2002, it was an early evening flagship of the network. Currently, it airs Mondays to Thursdays at 11:00-11:30 pm and Fridays at 11:30-12:00 am and is anchored by Arnold Clavio and Vicky Morales. The late night broadcast also airs internationally thru GMA Pinoy TV and broadcasts in a slightly delayed basis thru Super Radyo DZBB 594 AM.
Saksi: GMA Headline Balita was launched by the GMA Network in the last quarter of 1995, which aired 15 minutes on early evening of weekdays. It was anchored by Mike Enriquez (then known as Mr. Saksi) and Karen Davila. The news broadcast became popular in such a short period of time, that the people were imitating the anchors. People are using the word “Saksi” as a slogan matched with a forefinger pointed. Mike Enriquez also popularized the word “pasok” (come in) in the early years of Saksi, to introduce reporters on field (which includes Jessica Soho, Arnold Clavio, Mao dela Cruz, and Susan Enriquez, among others). This manner of introducing reporters was also used in other news programs like Saksi in the regional news like “Balitang Bisdak” (Cebu), “Testigo” (Davao), and “Ratsada” (Iloilo).
Later in 1996, Davila and Enriquez welcomed an additional anchor Mel Tiangco, after she was suspended and then transferred from ABS-CBN. The economist Solita “Winnie” Monsod then joined the newscast with Davila, Tiangco and Enriquez. She had her own opinion segment named “Mareng Winnie” (which became her first name by where she was known more to). Added to the news program as its airing tie expanded to 30 minutes were the segments “Huling Hirit” (light human-awareness to cap the newscast, presented by Kara David), and S na S (Showbiz sa Saksi) a showbiz segment that updates show business’s latest news with Lyn Ching then she anchored with Enriquez, Davila and Tiangco).
In 1998, Enriquez was appointed as an anchor of GMA Network News and was replaced by Jay Sonza joined by Morales. On the other hand, Davila became a co-host of Extra-Extra (which served a pre-programming to Saksi), a program which features human-interest and entertainment stories. Sonza and Tiangco then joined the newscast, thus Saksi and Partners Mel and Jay are news programs were exclusive to the duo. Since then, the original subtitle “GMA Headline Balita” was dropped.
In the year 1999, Tiangco was chosen as anchor of Frontpage: Ulat ni Mel Tiangco, which reinstated the GMA News on the late-night program but continuously broadcasts on weekends until 2002. They were then replaced by Enriquez and Morales, and continuing their partnership on Network News. Then, the final anchors of Saksi in the weekday’s edition were Enriquez and Morales. In the same year, Davila moved to ABS-CBN.
On July 15, 2002, Saksi and Frontpage interchanged schedules in order for the latter show to contend with ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol (where Tiangco came from). Saksi won the Gold Medal for Best Newscast in New York Festival in 2002, being one of the few news programs outside the United States to receive the said honour. Later, the Philippine Congress recognized the Network’s said award by issuing a commendation for its performance in News and Public Affairs. On March 12, 2004, Enriquez left again to the newscast to join with Tiangco on their new early evening newscast, 24 Oras.
After Enriquez’s transfer to the new program, Arnold Clavio replaced him as an anchor on March 15, 2004. The newscast was renamed as Saksi: Liga ng Katotohanan (Legion of Truth). In the year 2005, a notable coverage of the 2005 Papal Conclave that was covered by Morales at ST. Peter’s Square in Vatican City. During this period the newscast changed their graphics and studio three times; first on april 2006, next on August 11, 2008, and on November 8, 2010.
Currently, the newscast is still anchored by Vicky Morales and Arnold Clavio. On February 21, 2011 the show adapted a new set, new graphics, new theme, and new OBB. The tagline “Liga ng Katotohanan” was then dropped in the title card.