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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

"Seeing video of an actual quake makes you think you can imagine what one really feels like," a colleague with us here in Japan said after the 7.1-magnitude quake rocked the northeast coast the other night, "but boy was I wrong!"

Last Modified: 9 Apr 2011 07:32

The Muslim struggle for autonomy seemed to reach its peak in the70s when the Moro National Liberation Front, or MNLF, under Nur Misuari signed a peace deal with the Philippine government then led by the late deposed dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Last Modified: 11 Feb 2011 15:47

<P>The images of the aftermath of the&nbsp;killing of 52 people in the Philippines worst act of political violence have become iconic, but real problems still need to be addressed.</P>

Last Modified: 23 Nov 2010 19:51

<P>Followers are waiting for the much-anticipated release of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as her detention order expires on November 13 [EPA].</P>

Last Modified: 13 Nov 2010 13:13