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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>Just across the border in Thailand, Myanmar dissidents meet to&nbsp;reminisce about the lives they&nbsp;left behind. But&nbsp;there are&nbsp;no regrets.</P>

Last Modified: 6 Nov 2010 07:19

<P>Every day some 3,000 more leave the&nbsp; to join the workforce abroad. Already there are some 10 million Filipinos away from home. It's a nation exporting its best resource to stay afloat.</P>

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2010 08:25

<P>Bakwits like Bitun have been running so long that in many areas it is perceived they stay mobile on purpose. That they don't look for permanent resettlements so they can keep living on hand-outs from the government and aid agencies.</P>

Last Modified: 21 Jul 2010 22:26

<P>The Phillipines' new president&nbsp;is just days into his term, but&nbsp;his first&nbsp;decisions in power suggest the country is&nbsp;in for&nbsp;an interesting few years.&nbsp;&nbsp;</P>

Last Modified: 2 Jul 2010 23:47