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Marga Ortigas


Marga Ortigas, based in the Philippines, has been a broadcast journalist for more than 20 years. She's covered stories from across Asia for Al Jazeera - including in South Korea, Laos, China, Japan and the military stand-off between Cambodia and Thailand.

Marga has reported on Southeast Asia's two longest insurgencies extensively, gaining access to both the Muslim separatists and the Communist fighters battling the Philippine government, and the victims trapped within the conflict. She speaks three languages and has a Masters Degree in Literature and Criticism.

Latest posts

<p>A shocking crime in the Philippines sheds light on&nbsp;a culture of impunity and warlord patronage - where fear and violence pervade a society&nbsp;and policy is conducted with the&nbsp;gun barrel.&nbsp;</p>

Last Modified: 27 Nov 2009 06:25

<p>It's an area of this predominantly Christian country that has long felt ignored and misunderstood, and now, no matter what might be going on in Mindanao, it seems to barely make a dent in the national consciousness.</p>

Last Modified: 21 Oct 2009 13:25

<p><font size="2">The amount of garbage left across <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Manila</st1:place></st1:city> in Ketsana&rsquo;s wake is &ndash; to quote the man tasked with over-seeing its clearing &ndash; &ldquo;<i style="">unthinkable</i>&rdquo;. Twenty thousand tons of refuse lays strewn about the Philippine capital.</font></p>

Last Modified: 13 Oct 2009 12:23

<p>The island of Mindanao has recently been host to some of the bloodiest encounters the Philippine military has seen in its pursuit of the Abu Sayyaf. But Gen. Dolorofino, two months into his new post, believes he understands the conflict from the inside.</p>

Last Modified: 5 Oct 2009 06:52