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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

Following “the Al Barka incident”, in which 19 members of the Philippine military were killed in a fire fight with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, gunmen on both sides are left questioning why the two sides are even at odds to begin with.

Last Modified: 13 Nov 2011 20:40

The country already has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. Following the latest disasters, the government is worried there will be more suicides.

Last Modified: 17 Jun 2011 11:32

"Anak" was newly-washed and freshly-dressed when we met him. His clothes -- clean, and not ill-fitting. Which wasn't usual by "street" standards.

Last Modified: 29 Apr 2011 06:13

Filipino migrants seeking refuge from poverty and civil strife in Malaysia have found life to be as tough on the other side of the water.

Last Modified: 28 Apr 2011 18:31