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Marga Ortigas

Marga Ortigas covers the Asia-Pacific region from her base in Manila, in the Philippines, for Al Jazeera.

A broadcast journalist for more than 20 years, Ortigas has covered stories from across Asia for Al Jazeera - including in South Korea, Laos, China, Japan and the military stand-off between Cambodia and Thailand.

She 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.

US & Canada

Voices from the Northern Mariana Islands

Residents of Northern Mariana Islands, "America's best kept secret", recount their woes far from the world's attention.

Politics

Philippine presidential hopefuls battle in debate

Gathering was the last chance for the candidates to get their policy ideas for the country across to the voters.

Brazil

Brazil: Waters of March

Leftist president faces protests over her failure to address failing economy and decision to bring back ex-president.

Health

US and Brazil scientists team up for Zika fight

Americans are working with local officials in Paraiba to find possible link between virus and microcephaly in babies.

Asia Pacific

Questioning Obama's ASEAN rebalancing act

Meeting of leaders ended with stronger-than-expected statement, but how much of an effect will the summit have?

Education

Filipino retiree turns home into library

Hernando Guanlao set up a reading corner outside his home 15 years ago to help out-of-school youth learn how to read.

Human Rights

Strangled: Gaza after Egypt floods tunnels

Underground lifelines used by residents of the town of Rafah are being flooded by Egypt, worsening existing isolation.

Arts & Culture

Independent films make a comeback in the Philippines

Rise in digital technology has led to nation's leading actors lining up to star in low-budget films from new directors.

Drugs

The woman with no name

A look into the double life of a drug trade "fixer" in the Philippines.

South China Sea

PHL vs CHN: And then what?

Analysts divided over how the South China Sea dispute between the Philippines and China will progress.

Media

The Filipino media man who followed his heart to China

Rhio Zablan's unusual trajectory from the Philippine president's press office to working for China's state-run media.

Human Rights

Blog: Meeting a Chinese feminist

Thirty-seven days in detention did not take away Li Tingting's determination to be heard.